If I think about it, I try to have my core engaged. While sitting in class, driving, watching TV, etc. Most of the time, I forget about doing it.
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1,078 4/13/13 10:35 A
I definitely find myself doing it all of the time at work (I work in retail) so I'm always on my feet. I don't do it as much when I'm sitting though; I find that it is more when I'm up and moving around.
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1,814 4/13/13 10:31 A
I think instructors say it so much in the videos, because they know if they don't say it, we probably aren't even thinking about doing it. Like, they say it, we engage, then after a minute or two we forget and dis-engage. They say it again, we engage again, etc etc.
I find myself doing it more often these days when I'm sitting or walking or standing or whatever-- definitely improves the posture. Shoulders down and back, core engaged-- I can hear Coach Nicole in my head. I'm not at a point where it's automatic but I think over time, it really could be that way. You just become more and more aware of it over time. It's not something I lose any sleep over though ; )
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60 4/13/13 9:46 A
It's definitely possible to be engaging your core almost constantly throughout the day. It's become second nature to me. I used to "suck in" because I was very self-conscious of my body as a middle schooler. Anytime I was in public, I was always pulling my stomach in. The result was that even though I was thicker, my stomach always looked flat. I don't even think about it anymore. It feels unnatural for me not to engage. It's weird. Of course there are times when you can't hide, like if you have to bend over or something. No amount of core engagement will stop the rolls :P I'm just finally getting to the point where even after disengaging my core, my stomach looks about the same. I still think it's a good thing to do, but maybe not to my extreme. I'm not sure.
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3,147 4/12/13 11:50 P
I used to engage my core only while exercising. Then I decided to try my trainers advice. There is a learning curve. It's uncomfortable at first. I started doing engaging my core while driving because the seat made it comfortable. Then I did tried doing it while watching TV. I thought slouching was relaxing--not true! After awhile I noticed I engaged my core all the time without thinking. The bonus is engaging the core improves posture and makes me look more confident.
I started at red lights. As long as the light is red, I hold core. Then I added stop signs. Stop, hold core, go--and continue to hold core for a count of 10. Next came driving to the grocery store--drive, hold core, get to store. Then I added holding core as I bought groceries, one aisle at a time.
I've added to this in a dozen other ways so that I now hold core most of the day, without conscious effort.
I do try to engage my core more, but it's definitely not an all day thing. I think over time as my core strength improves, it will get easier and become more of a natural thing rather than something I have to actively think about.
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563 4/12/13 8:23 A
I do a lot of cardio videos and the instructors are always reminding you to "engage your core," "tighten your abs," "tuck your tummy," or "bring your navel back to your spine."
And to hear them talk, it's like they expect you to just walk around all day sucking in your abs so you have good posture. Do people really do that? Wouldn't it be exhausting? I am definitely more mindful of it than I was a few months ago, but I definitely do not always have my core engaged. I don't even think it's really possible, whatever those instructors might say.
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