Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Wow, so yesterday I learned something about the importance of core strength. Something I don't have at all and am guilty of not working on. Yesterday at work, we had a company-wide meeting that lasted for an hour and 40 minutes. Despite my showing up 10 minutes early, there were no seats so I had to stand for the entire meeting, so almost 2 hours of standing. When I realized I was going to have to stand, it did not bother me at all. I have never been very heavy (I'm 5'8.5" and my heaviest weight was 186) and while I have scoliosis, I don't really have any back issues that prevent me from doing anything. However, when I took this job 8 years ago, I came from a job that I was on my feet 80% of the day to one that I sit, probably 95% of my day. Let's just say, I gained 10 pounds the first month at this job, despite not making any major changes in my eating. Just a lot of sitting made me gain.
Anyway, what I'm getting at, I consider myself to be in pretty decent health. I'm currently around 147 pounds, 12-17 pounds from my goal weight. I believe I'm healthy in terms of physical health. I'm not an athlete, but I'm not sedentary either. However, as stated above, I don't take care of my core health, something I've heard is very important to our overall body. I definitely noticed this yesterday. After about 30 minutes of standing (in flat, comfortable shoes, with good posture) my lower back started to get sore! I couldn't believe it. To me, there was no reason why I shouldn't be able to comfortably stand for a couple hours, much less, 30 minutes. I made it through the meeting fine, the discomfort wasn't bad enough to be distracting or painful. And once the meeting ended and I started walking, the discomfort quickly went away. But wow, did it get me thinking during the (very boring) meeting. I really, really need to start working on my core strength. In that 30 minutes, I quickly realized how important a strong core is for our bodies. I've heard about the importance of our core for balance, posture, and even digestive health and I know it should be the main focus of my own personal health care regimen.
That being said, my goal this week is to do some research and come up with a plan to strengthen my core. I hope to post soon as to what my plan will be.