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4/14/10 2:26 P

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I couldn't have said it better myself, SIMPLELIFE4REAL...everything really DOES stem from our core. I've been adding lots of balance work into my routine, initially to strengthen the muscles around my knees. But balance work provides amazing core benefits as well, and I definitely feel those muscles getting fatigued when I do my balance work.

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4/14/10 11:25 A

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I did a Pilates class Tuesday. I go to a Yoga Flow class on MWF which incorporates core work in it. I just joined this fitness center two weeks ago, so I'm just beginning to see the benefit of all this core work.

Pilates is my least favorite class (probably because my core is pretty weak). I go because I believe in it's benefits! Everything stems from our core.

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4/14/10 8:00 A

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Sorry for the delay in getting this week's topic posted. It's been a crazy week!

Your challenge is to incorporate some type of core work into your routine at least three times this week (try not to do it on consecutive days). It's important to remember that core work does not involve just the abdominals. The core is made up of the abs, obliques, transverse abdominus, lower back, hips and thighs. So try to find moves that target all these areas.

Core strength is important for so many reasons. It helps us perform simple, everyday activities with more ease and efficiency (for example, putting something away in your closet), thus helping to prevent future health issue (like lower back pain). Having a strong core will also help our running...when we have a strong core, our alignment and posture improves, both very important to a healthy run.

Respond here with any core work you are able to incorporate. If you're not sure where to begin, here are some ideas:

* Pilates
* Static Plank Pose (hold for 30-60 seconds)
* Static Forearm Plank Pose (hold for 30-60 seconds)
* Standing Abdominal Work

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