Hello there! Happy Fitness everyone!
I wonder if we realize just how much we use our core and all of our major muscle groups for just about everything we do in our daily activities. Do we think about the muscles we are using when we perform the fundamental movement patterns? We should though. So I thought I would let everyone know what those basic movement patterns are.
1) Bend and Lift (bending to take a baby out of a carriage)
2) Single leg (walking; lunging)
3) Pushing (a door open)
4) Pulling (a door open)
5) Rotational (reaching over side to grab something)
I’m sure you have plenty of other examples of daily activities that incorporate any one or a combination of these 5 movements. And at the heart of all of this is our core. Our core keeps us stable; our core keeps us strong. Our core helps us to be mobile an do all the things we need to do in life. Everyone should do some type of core training, and I’m not talking about doing hundreds of boring sit-ups either. Core training involves the stomach muscles, yes–we all know about the 6-pack. In fact, we all already have one-it’s just hidden beneath a later of fat that becomes more visible as we lose body fat. But core training involves others muscles too, like the back, sides and even internal muscles hidden beneath the ones we are already familiar with. In fact we should also be concerned with strengthening our upper body, arms and legs. Because the core supports the body and the body supports the core.
I like to do this exercise when I am walking or even standing. I like to connect my mind to my core. And I try to do this as much as possible. When I walk, I think about standing tall with my shoulders back and down and I engage my core as often as I can think about it. In fact, as I am typing this post in my iPhone, I am on a moving train, standing with legs hip width apart and I am balancing myself with my core. I have learned over time to strengthen my core so I don’t have to hold on. (Most times, that is. Sometimes there is a lunatic driving the train and we get thrown from side to side).
Listen folks, I’m not suggesting that you do what I do. I am suggesting that you become aware of your core, just as I advise people to know their heart rates. Your core is the essence of your body. It keeps you strong, balanced and grounded, if you take care of it to allow it to so.
Let’s do something actively engaging the core today!