May Is National Posture Month: Start Training Your Core
A Strong Core Improves Posture
The muscles that comprise your core are the abdominals, backside, hips, and back. Weakness in these muscles results in poor posture.
An fitness routine isn’t comprehensive unless it includes core strengthening exercises.
Poor Posture and Pain
Poor posture can lead to low back pain, inadequate breathing, digestive problems, neck pain, spinal disease, muscle imbalance, deficient sports performance, and quality of life issues.
Muscle Imbalance Pain
When your core muscles weaken from lack of exercise, your body signals you with discomfort, or pain. When muscles receive inadequate exercise, they become imbalanced. That means one muscle might be stronger, and overpower another.
You may often feel as though you have “pulled” a muscle. The sensation of pulling a muscle is called a muscle strain. Strains are mild to severe, and can take a few days, or several weeks to heal.
If you’re an athlete, you want to win. An athlete with a strong core, generates power through their core, not through their arms or legs. A weak core in an athlete leads to ineffective sports performance, injuries, and poor posture.
Succeed In Business
Good posture is important for business people, and political leaders. When you stand tall, you emanate confidence, and vigor.
In addition to affecting your image, perpetual slumping while standing or seated, eventually affects spinal health, and digestion.
Improve Quality of Life
Poor posture may result in chronic back pain. The pain might be so severe that you can’t sit down, or move efficiently. Chronic pain makes you irritable. When you become a long-term grouch, it affects your relationships with friends, family, and companion animals.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain from poor posture, the first step is to visit a healthcare provider and get a diagnosis. Exercising when you’re in pain, may make it worse.
Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.