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Core Strength


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.
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DJ4HEALTH 12/12/2012 8:53PM

    Try those balls that you can do exercises on and you will be surprised at how they do work your core muscles. You can get them pretty cheap at walmart or target

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CHANGINGSAM 12/12/2012 3:13PM

    I can't wait to read you plan for your core. I really need to work on mine too, so maybe I can get some ideas off yours!

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