“Core” we hear the term quite a bit. So, what is it all about?
Imagine that your core muscles are the strong middle link connecting your lower and upper body.
How the core works
Irrespective of where the movement starts or what you are doing e.g. throwing a ball, wiping the bench, the movements either start in the core, or move through the joining links. Weak or inflexible core muscles can have a negative impact on how effectively your arms and legs are able to function. This results in less than optimal power from many of the movements you make. By building up your core, properly, you are able to harness the power of your body much more effectively. A strong core is also absolutely essential for good balance and stability.
To help get you started on your journey to a functional core, Jude Holroyd has put together a simple stretching workout. This workout focuses on getting your core activating and increasing your lumbar mobility. Especially good for anyone who has been a bit irregular with activity for a while. Also excellent for those who haven’t taken much time for themselves in a while.
Part 1: Flexibility
A lack of flexibility is a huge contributor to lower back pain and dysfunction. It puts added pressure on joints and makes it harder for our core to activate. Before we can effectively use our core, let’s start with some basic stretches.
- These are all “static stretches” and should be done after a warm up such as a brisk 15-30 min walk.
- Hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds and repeat on each side 3 times. (Hover your mouse over each of the images for more information).
- The stretches should be pain free.
- Complete over the next week and stay tuned for the next post which will start on basic core activation exercises.
If you are having any pain or have any concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Most importantly, these should all feel great.