Category Archives: core exercise

How To Do The Seated Pelvic Tilt Exercise

What Is A Pelvic Tilt Exercise?

The pelvic tilt is an easy core exercise that stretches low back muscles. The exercise can be performed seated, standing, or lying on your back.

When Should You Do The Pelvic Tilt Exercise?

Pregnant women benefit from pelvic tilting because it prevents RED EXERCISE BALL GOOGLE IMAGEprenatal low back ache.  People who experience low back pain, caused by muscular tightness, will find that pelvic tilting, along with strengthening the abs, and back, will help alleviate low back discomfort  The pelvic tilt is also used by Pilates teachers, physical therapists, and personal trainers, who help their clients improve posture.

Equipment You’ll Need

Exercise Ball.  If you don’t have an exercise ball, use a sturdy chair.

Benefits of the Pelvic Tilt Exercise

Stretches low back muscles.

How To Do The Seated Pelvic Tilt Exercise In 3 Steps

  1. Sit on an exercise ball, with your knees at right angles. Your feet should be hip width apart, and touch the floor.
  2. Be sure you feel stable before beginning the exercise.  If you can’t stabilize your body on the exercise ball, use a sturdy chair instead.
  3. Move slowly throughout the movement, as you tilt  your low back, and then sit up tall.

Pelvic Tilt Exercise On Exercise Ball

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4 Step Back Solution

Got an achy back?  You’re not alone.  Back pain is the number 2 reason for doctor visits, and one of the most common reasons for missed work.

What should you do if your back hurts all the time?  First, check with your doctor to find out whether your back ache is caused by daily habits, muscular weakness, or an accident.

If your doctor tells you there is structural damage to bone, ligament, tendon or muscle, he/she may prescribe medication,  and/or a treatment plan.

If your doctor discovers that the reason for your back pain is muscular weakness, or daily habits, and that participating in regular exercise will help, then you can begin doing exercise.


1) Stretch your back with Yoga poses, or Pilates exercises.

2) Strengthen your core muscles, especially the abdominal, and back muscles. Muscles work in pairs. That’s why they should be strengthened, and stretched in equal measure.

3) Avoid sleeping on your stomach.  When you sleep on your stomach, your pelvis tips forward, tightening the low back muscles.  In the morning you’ll wake up with a backache. Instead, sleep on your side, or on your back.

While you sleep on your back, place a pillow under your knees to help stretch your back muscles.  While sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your knees to ease your low back.

4) Practice the pelvic tilting exercise.  This exercise stretches your low back muscles.  Pelvic tilting can be done while standing against a wall, lying on your back, or seated on a chair, or on an exercise ball.

IRENE PORTRAIT picassa blue borderIrene 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.

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A Quick Guide To Core Muscles

The core is a powerhouse of important muscles that help you carry out everyday activities, with more efficiency, and less injury.

© Copyright 2014 CorbisCorporationA strong core enhances sports performance, prevents athletic injuries, gives you good posture, and makes your back strong so that you’ll never have problems with debilitating backaches.   A strong core keeps older people from falling, and equestrians squarely on their horse.  The core is located within your torso.

Think of your core like a sturdy tree trunk, immovable and very solid, able to withstand outside forces.  Strong trees have powerful resistance against winds, torrential rain, and snow storms. And in a way, you’re just like a sturdy tree when you © Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationdevelop the muscles of your core.

In basic terms your core is made up of your abdominal, back, hip and backside muscles. Working together they give you the upper hand at life’s chores, and activities.  All movement travels through your core, the center of your body.  A sturdy core keeps you from getting injured, gives you superior posture, and enhances the way the look, feel and breath.

For more information about core exercise, read the following posts, Core Exercise For Equestrians, Ten Reasons To Strengthen Your Core, Why Older Adults Need Core Strength, How To Exercise Your Core, and Strong Core Muscles Can Save Your Life.

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Brooklyn Man Dies Hiking Alone in Mexico

Fatal hiking fall.

Exercise shouldn’t kill you.  Most people would agree with that. But the reality is that exercise does kill, when you’re not prepared, don’t understand the risks, or your fitness level isn’t up to the task.


If you’re out in the wilderness, on a rocky hillside, riding the rapids, or up on a mountain, you need a plan, and know what you’re doing, because the mountains don’t care, and hikes can turn deadly.

Get a grip. Wear appropriate footwear. Obey trail signs and don’t wander off.

Hiking alone in Mexico, 25 year-old Hari Simran Singh Khalsa of Brooklyn, New York, was found dead on January 2.  Missing since December 30, his body was found in a ravine near the town of Tepoztlan.

Khalsa told his wife that he planned to go on a short hike, and in a later message told her he walked further than intended, and also told friends that he climbed too high onto another mountain by mistake.

His family said he died of head injuries from a fall over rough terrain, in the Tepozteco Mountains.

In his last text message to a friend, he said that he was on top of a very high mountain, and not sure how to get down.  He had a liter (about 4 cups) of water and a bag of trail mix.

Study maps. Know where you’re going, and what to expect.


  1. Get in shape.  Strengthen your core.
  2. Learn about the terrain.
  3. Check the weather forecast before you set out.
  4. Wear proper clothing, and footwear for the anticipated weather conditions, and terrain..
  5. Carry enough water and food for your trip.
  6. Don’t hike alone.
  7. As you ascend, make note of your ability to descend.  If you think you won’t be able to navigate the terrain safely on the way down, turn around and go back.
  8. Study maps of the hiking trails before setting out on your trip.
  9. Keep in mind that in remote areas, your cell phone is useless.
  10. Know what type of wildlife you may encounter.


A strong core prevents falls, by stabilizing your spinal muscles.  Instead of landing on your head, back, or knees, you’ll remain upright, whether you’re walking on icy pavement in a city street, or engaged in wilderness sports and recreation activities.

Here’s a list of related articles about outdoor recreation safety.

How To Exercise Your Core

Strong Core Muscles Can Save Your Life

How To Kill Yourself In A Kayak,

How To Prevent Hiking Accidents.

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Kayak Fatalities

Killing Yourself In a Kayak Isn’t Difficult

I had planned to write a post on the subject of kayak sporting accidents.  In researching the net for information, I found a thorough, well written article on Squidoo, titled, “How To Kill Yourself In A Kayak.” Just click on the link to get there.  I couldn’t have done a better job. Based on recent news stories, the author chronicles deadly kayaking mistakes, due to poor judgement.

Nature Doesn’t Forgive

I’ve written posts on the increase in hiking fatalities, and sports injuries.  The wilderness doesn’t forgive ignorance.   Before setting out, you must know about weather conditions, what to bring with you, what to wear,  local wildlife, and what to do during emergencies.  You have to be fit enough to handle your kayak, or whatever your chosen sport might be.

Shannon Christy, 23 Dies In Overturned Kayak

This is a sad story of a kayaker who died on the Potomac River in July 2013, when her kayak overturned, as she went down the rapids.  She became entrapped, and subsequently drowned.  ABC 7 covered the incident.

A Strong Core Means Better Paddling, Less Fatigue, Fewer Accidents

To take on sports, or recreational activities, you have to be fit.  In kayaking, you need a resilient core for effective paddling, as well as strong shoulders, and arms.  Your core stabilizes your spine and gives you the upper edge in your chosen sport, or recreational activity, because you’re able to produce more efficient force without hurting yourself.

When your core is weak, it makes other parts of your body take on roles they weren’t meant for. For example,  you might wind up with fatigue in your shoulders, or arms.  Worse yet, core weakness may result in overuse shoulder, and arm injuries associated with paddling.

An Excellent Core Exercise

Planks are one of the best, and least complicated exercises to strengthen your core.  Planks are performed on an exercise mat from several positions.

Click the links for instructions on how to do each exercise.

Abs on the ball   Downward Plank Abs On The Ball




  Pilates Upward Plank




Advanced side plank  Advanced Side Plank





Pilates For Kayakers CRISS CROSS

Click the link to read my post on specific Pilates exercises for kayakers.

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