Ever headed to “Dr Google” with Questions like…
How do I strengthen my core?
What is the best exercise for my core?
Why should I strengthen my core?
Can a weak core cause back pain?
If so, I am sure that you were bombarded by blog posts and articles ranting and raving about the importance of a “strong core”. And, as is to be expected with an extended amount of “Dr Googling”, you were probably left confused and maybe even convinced that You “have no Core!” or that strengthening your core would be the answer to all of your problems.
So Let's Break This Topic Down, What Is This Core Thing And Does It Even Matter?
The “Core” Is a term often used by people to describe the centre of their body and most people associate this with their abdominals, back muscles and pelvic floor.
Originally, we taught people to squeeze and contract all of these muscles at once, thinking it would help them be “stable” and would get rid of their back pain.
But more recent research suggests that it isn’t all about your abdominals, and that having weak abdominals doesn’t necessarily mean you will have back pain.
The thought process on how we should engage these muscles has also changed.
Whilst it can be important for certain people to engage and cue their pelvic floor and whilst we know that it is important to be strong throughout our body, we also now know that we don’t have to be squeezing these muscles all of the time.
Muscles are meant to contract and relax to produce or control a movement or body part.
Our muscles and our bodies adapt and produce more or less force depending on the demands of a task, rather than producing a large force all the time.
If we were to squeeze everything all at once, all of the time or even to perform a task, our body would become rigid; movement would become more difficult to produce and tasks like bending over or twisting, would be much more difficult to perform.
So now you're confused…
If I don’t need to squeeze everything at the same time and having super strong abs isn’t the answer to my problem then what am I meant to do?
You are meant to Move!
Your body is meant to be able to move in all planes of movement.
Your spine is meant to bend, extend and rotate with control and strength!
So, the answer, the key to you being healthy, fit and relatively injury free is to;
Find an activity you love, a way of moving your body that makes you happy and do that!
Be able to confidently move your body in all directions with control and strength
Get yourself and your body strong and resilient, so that you can perform the tasks that you love and need to do daily, with ease.
And then include all of the other ingredients to a healthy lifestyle; adequate sleep, healthy diet & minimal stress,
Do all of this and you will be laughing!
This is one of the main reasons that I love Pilates - because although Pilates focuses on building strength in your body (all of your body not just your abdominals), it also teaches you
- How to have control over your movements
- How to have confidence in your body
-To move through all planes of movement.
Pilates although often thought of as a method to increase “core strength” always was and still is a method of movement and as Joseph Pilates himself said, “Change happens through movement and movement heals.”
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