After working with so many patients wanting to get well and seeing so many without core strength and stability, I decided to do something more to help them reach their goal of a better quality of life. I truly believe that one of the foundations to health and quality of life is core strength. My passion is to improve quality of life in everyone.
One of the number one health complaints is lower back pain. And one of the best ways to avoid lower back pain is to maintain core stability and movement. Would you agree that without your health, you have nothing? When you are not healthy or feeling well then it is difficult to perform daily activities or enjoy your life. This is why an apple a day keeps the doctor away… and so does caring for your core.
It is important to have a strong core. The definition of core is the most central or most important part of something. This is because our core is where we generate the power to drive our bodies in action. The core is also responsible for supporting our spine and the rest of our framework. Without core strength and stability we may experience lower back pain, hip pain, knee pain, or injury.
What muscles make up the core?
The core is comprised of many muscles working together: muscles of the trunk including the abdominals and little muscles surrounding the spine called paraspinals, muscles of the hip girdle including the gluteals and upper leg muscles, and the shoulder girdle muscles. These muscles are constantly working together to stabilize your core. Core stability comes from the strength and ability of these muscles to hold it together, literally.
Benefits of core stability:
Injury prevention, maintenance of low back health, athletic performance, and spinal stability are just a few benefits of having a strong core. Injury may occur to the discs of the spine such as a herniated disc due to lack of support during a simple activity such as bending over. Without proper gluteal firing and hip stability, stress on the knees may be overwhelming. This may lead to arthritis over time or knee ligament injury. Core stability is imperative for movement of arms and legs as in athletics. If you’ve ever swung a baseball bat or golf club or shot a basketball or served a volleyball, you felt the activation of your core beginning in your abdomen or trunk before the transfer of power out your arms and legs. In fact, the more core strength you have, the better you perform in any of those activities. While performing well is satisfying, it may be more agreeable that avoiding injury while playing your favorite activities is a good foundation. Some research has proven that optimal performance comes from optimum production, transfer, and control of force and motion to the extremities in athletic activities.
In the end:
- Core endurance = Spinal stability
- Core strength = injury prevention and better athletic performance
- Both endurance and strength = better balance
- If you want to feel better and improve your quality of life, then I am here for you.
I teach a 30 minute core strengthening class at Gold’s Gym on Capitol Hill every Monday night. This class is designed by experts with lots of research to determine the best and safest ways to strengthen all the muscles of the core. People of any fitness level can participate and feel successful with the options and modifications offered throughout the class. The class is called CXWORX by Les Mills. “This program hones in on the torso and sling muscles that connect your upper body to your lower body. It’s ideal for tightening your tummy and butt, as well as improving functional strength and assisting in injury prevention”.