Core Strength

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The “Core” is a new buzzword in the exercise industry. Whether you are choosing a group exercise class, working with a Personal Trainer or deciding how to exercise on your own, you will hear it. There are core training videos available as well as studios and fitness programs named using the word Core.  Just Google core fitness and you will be amazed at all the information you find!

Core fitness is functional fitness. It is practical for everyday life!
The important thing to know is that the core of your body includes both the abdominal muscles and the back muscles.  The general consensus is that it includes all the muscles and connective tissue that attach to the lumbopelvic hip complex, thoracic spine and cervical spine. (Akuthota & Nadler 2004) In simple terms the core is the natural girdle that God designed to brace and maintain the stability of the spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle. It refers to the whole center of your torso and it is called the “powerhouse” of your body because the movement of the extremities originates from the core. This means that if you can develop a strong core, you will be more efficient in every activity you do during the day. Core fitness is functional fitness. It is practical for everyday life!

As you can see from even this brief explanation, it is important for you to consider seriously the need for core exercises as part of your fitness regime. You can start your day with a core routine or choose a group fitness class that includes core exercises for both the abs and back. Pilates is ideal, as many of the exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the world of rehab require the muscles of the core to work together in synergy. If you attend a gym or work with a Personal Trainer, ask for core training and dialogue with fitness professionals about their perspectives on this topic. The more you learn, the more you will be convinced that core fitness is critical to your health.

One word of caution—if core training is done incorrectly in poor form, it not only will be ineffective, it might lead to injury. Don’t just get a video and jump in without having someone who is knowledgeable check your positions. Core exercise can be intense, and it is advisable to start slowly and build up gradually. If your abs or back have become weak over time, it will take time for them to get stronger. The great thing is that you will feel the improvement all along the way as you work your way to core fitness one step at a time. Get started now—Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power! (Eph 6:10)

Wishing you strength and health,

Jeannie Blocher
President
Body & Soul FItness