Weekly Wellness: Work Your Core Quickly

4 years 4 days 22 hours ago Monday, May 19 2014 May 19, 2014 Monday, May 19, 2014 11:34:00 AM CDT May 19, 2014 in News
By: Amanda Barnes, KOMU Wellness Coach
loading

COLUMBIA - A strong core is vital to our health and movement. Weak core muscles can impair how the rest of our body functions overall. Properly strengthening your core increases your body's power and enhances balance and stability. I'm not just talking about performing in sports or activities, I'm talking about everyday real-world daily events.

Harvard Medical School lists the following reasons to strengthen your core:

Everyday acts like bending to put on shoes, turning to look behind you, sitting in a chair, or simply standing still - most all basic activities of daily living, bathing or dressing, for example - call on your core.

Performing on-the-job tasks are core-related. Active jobs that involve lifting, twisting, and standing all rely on core muscles, but other jobs also rely on your core. Sitting at your desk for hours, answering phone calls, typing, computer use, and similar work can affect your core if you are not practicing good posture (and taking necessary breaks).

Stave off low back pain with a strong core. Low back pain can be prevented by exercises that promote well-balanced core muscles.

Housework, fix-it work and gardening usually involve bending, lifting, twisting, carrying, hammering and  reaching overhead, as does vacuuming, mopping, and dusting. These are all actions that involve the core.

Your core stabilizes your entire body. It allows you to move in any direction, or stand in one spot without losing your balance. Because of this, a strong core can lessen your risk of falling (very important as we age).

Having good posture lessens wear and tear on your spine and allows you to breathe deeply. Good posture helps you gain full benefits from the effort you put into exercising, too. With that said, this is a list of exercises you can do to help strengthen your core:

  • Standing alternating rotation
  • Quadrupeds
  • Donkey kickbacks (beginner/advanced)
  • Plank
  • Lying knee tucks
  • Hip drops (windshield wipers)
  • Bridges
  • Crunches
  • Amanda K Barnes
    Certified Personal Trainer
    www.bebybarnes.com

    amanda@bebybarnes

    Weekly Wellness

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
RANDOLPH COUNTY - A Huntsville man pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and received a life sentence with no chance... More >>
31 minutes ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:37:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
BUNNIK, Netherlands (AP) — An international team of investigators said Thursday that detailed analysis of video images and photos... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:58:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Potentially more than one thousand Missourians could lose their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses after a Department... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, May 24 2018 May 24, 2018 Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:27:00 AM CDT May 24, 2018 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:48:22 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
MID-MISSOURI - If you look at the forecast you can easily tell that summer is here early. Don't forget that... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:43:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in Weather
JEFFERSON CITY - A new report by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce identifies challenges in the Missouri workforce. The... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:41:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) - NFL players must stand during the National Anthem this season, team owners decided Wednesday, a reaction to fierce... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:36:38 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Temperatures are rising, and one expert says animals need more attention when tethered outside. "Heat exhaustion... More >>
16 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:07:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - Cole County deputies say a man accused of having pipe bombs was cooperative when they asked to... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:54:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
HALLSVILLE - The NRA Bianchi Cup happens every year in Missouri, however this year, embattled Gov. Eric Greitens made an... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:40:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department wants feedback from residents on its community policing initiative. A meeting Wednesday gave people... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:25:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The House Special Investigative Committee continued reading the transcript of the testimony of the woman involved in... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A revision to Missouri's amateur sports tax credit program could bring more sporting events to Mid-Missouri. The... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:04:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - The Moniteau County prosecutor filed criminal charges against the former California police chief Wednesday. Former police chief... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:15:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A top official at Missouri's Department of Public Safety had a potential conflict of interest when... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:11:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK- Businesses in mid-Missouri face a steep choice when it comes to having live entertainment -- lose the music... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:53:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri judge is weighing whether a secretive nonprofit group that supports Gov. Eric Greitens' agenda... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, May 23 2018 May 23, 2018 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:08:00 PM CDT May 23, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
10am 79°
11am 82°
12pm 83°
1pm 85°