Have you ever found yourself looking back after sustaining discomfort or injury post-exercise and thinking, “Maybe I could have avoided this circumstance had I been more mindful and purposeful about practicing my core exercises.” Ugh – let’s try to prevent that!
Core: as a noun
Core strength, endurance, and flexibility are vital components not only for your capacity to exercise but to your everyday life! Effectively activating muscles has a beneficial chain reaction - less pain (back, hip, leg or knee), and greater functionality. Understand, too, that muscle overuse, inhibition, or compensatory contraction can lead to additional problems and pain. Common core stability deficiency issues include: sore hip flexors, lateral leg pain, poor balance, chronically sore low back, piriformis syndrome, upper back and neck discomfort, and patello-femoral (knee) pain.
The following excerpt comes from the highly reputable EXOS training company:
"It’s impossible to move your limbs efficiently and forcefully if they’re not attached to something solid and stable. That’s your pillar—all the muscles that connect your hips, torso, and shoulders. When these areas are properly aligned, you can transfer energy throughout your body more effectively, so you’ll produce more strength and power with less fatigue.
Without pillar strength, you will significantly increase the potential for injury in a chain reaction that starts with your lower back, descends all the way to your knees and ankles, and rises up to your neck, shoulders and elbows."
Our recommendations as a DAHLC Fitness Team include: