Health Technology and Your Core
In the health and fitness industry, one habitual pattern that continually shows linear growth is the influx of technology and sedentary living.
We all know that technology is here to stay, so with the spotlight this month being on health technology, it’s important to understand that fitness devices, such as: Fitbits, advanced pedometers, nutritional apps, and numerous health applications found on our smart devices can be helpful, as well as a deterrent, because technology allows us to achieve more while moving less.
With the growing epidemic of obesity, decreased leisure activity, lack of physical exercise, and overeating, it is imperative to keep the body erect and moving. This starts with having a strong core musculature that plays a major role in overall functional movement.
For lay individuals, one might feel that the core is primarily made up of your abdominal muscles. That couldn’t be far more from the truth. The core consists of a lot more than just your “abs”.
It generally refers to the muscles of the lumbar and pelvic regions, hips, abdominals, obliques, gluteals, and lower back. If we want to truly define the core musculature from a clinical perspective, it includes the cervical and thoracic regions of the spine all the way down to your sacrum.
One question often asked quite frequently is: “How many times a week should I train my core?” The answer is quite simple, “Everyday you get the opportunity, you should work to increase your range of motion to improve activities of daily living.”
As conditioning specialists, we understand how important it is to educate the public on what’s ideal for improved body mechanics. The objective for any core-training program is to strengthen, develop, and improve range of motion. This allows the trunk of the body to move more effectively.
Historically, physical therapists prescribed core exercises for patients with lower back problems, however, modern times tell us that core training is needed for all clients alike from rehab patients to highly conditioned athletes. This is imperative to improve neuromuscular control, balance, stability, mobility and overall strength.
When you are deciding on a trainer, make sure they access your body mechanics from a static and dynamic perspective. Once the assessment is completed, only then should they proceed in designing a program that accurately fits your goals and needs for an optimal program.