Wake-Up Workout: Core Office Movements

Last Updated on Tuesday, 7 July 2009 09:24 Written by admin Tuesday, 7 July 2009 09:24

Chris & Chris discuss some core movements you can perform to counter the negative effects of sitting at the office all day:


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Wake-Up Workout: Core

Last Updated on Monday, 8 June 2009 09:50 Written by admin Monday, 8 June 2009 09:50

Chris explains to Chris the basics of working out your core.  Hey, no apple jokes…

For more information about your core, check out this recent post It’s All About the Core.

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It’s All About the Core

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 May 2010 06:55 Written by admin Tuesday, 14 April 2009 02:02

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What is exactly is the core anyway? And why is everyone jumping on the “core” bandwagon? I am so glad that people are becoming more aware of the importance of having a stronger and more stable core as it is vital for good flexibility, efficient movement and how well your body stands the test of time. The benefits are a stronger, faster and less injured you just to name a few. The problem lies in choosing the right movements that are best for you and that suit your lifestyle. With all of the hype these days one has to be careful when choosing an exercise or movement. Don’t just jump into the latest kickboxing workout or medicine ball throwing drill if you have never attempted these movements before. The latest magazines and videos have all of the newest and coolest “core” exercises but I rarely see them shown in proper progression. What I see is a lot of injuries waiting to happen. Injury prevention and performance are the goal here…and, of course, an awesome looking mid-section.

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YOUR CORE IS YOUR FOUNDATION

What is your “core’ anyway? Quite simply “the core” consists of the myriad of muscle systems that support and stabilize your spine and pelvis. This is a complex set of muscle groups I assure you. Much more than just your “abs” that’s for sure. How well these muscle groups function will determine how well you function. Period. Because we are much more sedentary than we used to be these muscles have a tendency to get out of alignment easily and weaken. Your core muscle structure is an ingenious and powerful yet vulnerable mechanism that relies on many muscle groups functioning synergistically. If you sit a majority of the day, twist one direction all day, push a pedal all day or even wear high heels all day like many of us do these days, it vital to understand that the lack of movement, constant repetition of the same movement or poor posture or positioning for extended periods of time can damage how well these vital muscle systems function; sometimes permanently.
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I can’t stress enough that we are so much more sedentary than are bodies are engineered for. We suffer if we do not at the very least move fairly often performing various tasks. We are all wired differently so if muscle-burning workouts are not your thing, don’t worry; try a Tai Chi class or go hit a trail. The point is move! Its what your body was designed to do and will help keep you limber and light on your feet so you can enjoy your life.

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