Ever see those people in the gym working out like maniacs day after day and their body never changes? Maybe you are one of those people who do as much as they can, and see no results for your effort.
One of the main reasons for this is that you didn’t work on your foundation first. Your foundation is your spine. What would happen if you built a house without a foundation to put it on? It might stay up for a little while, but it would not be strong and it would not last. The same is true for your body.
You need to have a strong stable well aligned spine before you can add anything else. That means working on your core and your alignment. Many people skip this step because they think it seems boring and they want a quick jump to the ‘results’. Well, guess what, you’ll get to where you want to go faster if you start at the beginning!
The spine is the beginning. Your number one building block. How do you get your spine super strong and ready to add more building blocks? There are numerous ways. One is Pilates. I teach a version my clients and I call ‘Mirlates’. Mirlates begins with a calming and centering meditation and is followed by a smooth flow of aligning Pilates moves and stretches, all focused from the core outward.
What the heck is this ‘core’ everyone is talking about? Basically, it is everything in your torso from the pelvic floor to the diaphragm. It’s the abdominal and back muscles that hold your spine where it needs to be. Doing 100 crunches everyday does not constitute a core workout. The 6 pack abs you want are a result of good core work, but if the 6 pack abs are all you want, you’ll be hunched over and in back pain from not balancing your workout with back work. Get it?
So get your spine in good health, and then add your weights in. If you don’t have time to attend a class or do a one on one session, here’s a quick tip:
A one minute forearm plank every day will keep your spine strong and in good alignment. Come onto your forearms and knees. Place one foot back at a time until all that is touching the floor are the balls of your feet and your forearms. Keep your shoulder blades on your back, chest in between your elbows, belly button to spine, hips in line with shoulders and heels and thighs tight.
Mistakes I see most often are people sticking their rear ends up or letting their low back sag. Both signs of weak core muscles. Hold the correct position for as long as you can and then rest. No point holding it in the wrong position. Work up to one minute.
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Your Wellness Coach,