When you read the word ‘STABILITY’ what comes into your mind? I am sure it’s something related to creating a balance between the dynamics of life, both emotionally and physically. Now, what if I tell you that there is a way to achieve both physical and mental stability by incorporating a single habit into your daily life. Yes, you read it right, and the magical path to do so is practicing exercise, and by that I mean to make it a part of your daily routine because it will not only add years to your age but can also be an excellent way to stabilize your body. There are four kinds of exercises that are standard practice:
- Endurance exercises.
- Strength training.
- Balance exercises.
- Flexibility exercises.
Everyone desires a strong personality, but do you know how much a person’s posture adds to their overall charisma. Who would want to have a conversation with a sloppy-looking individual? A lousy posture or walk kills the vibe. If you have ever paid attention to runway models, you will agree with the fact that they have a crisp walk and posture which indeed looks so charming, but that takes hours of training with the corrective exercise specialists.
Stop for a second a take a deep breath, close your eyes and relax your shoulders. Do you feel a gravity pull inside your belly? that is what your core is. This area or scientifically speaking your core is responsible for the movement and balance of your body i-e the biomechanics and kinesiology. It controls your spine, which is your spine and core collectively own an essential part of stabilizing the actions of your body, your walk, hand movements, and posture. Therefore, it is indispensable to have a strengthening core to have an overall balanced posture.
As mentioned earlier that exercise is a critical player in the stability and strengthening of the human core but not just typical practices to achieve core stability a corrective approach is used in the full-body workouts designed by fitness trainers. It is quite self-explanatory that “corrective exercise” means to correct or eradicate dysfunction. This branch of exercise helps to remove any disbalance or dysfunction in walk, balance, or posture of the body. It precisely focuses on the training of core muscles and allowing them to support the spine, neck, head, and shoulders most efficiently. Now all of us are aware of the exercise benefits and how crucial they are for our collective health as it prevents the body from aging early and so many diseases like heart strokes, diabetes, blood pressure issues, etc.
Apart from the health issues is boost up your mood and ease away the stress. As it is very accurately said that:
“Exercise is more than physical, it’s therapeutic.”
Fitness starts with your head:
There is countless evidence available to support the fact that exercise indeed controls stress levels. It happens because it is a coordination of brain and body simultaneously. When you are working out, your whole body is activated from the fastening of your heartbeat to the breathing levels. Even your hormone levels are also fluctuating.
The more frequently you work out, the more rejuvenated you look, it is because the pumping of blood is increased from an average level and oxygen is efficiently supplied to all cells, tissues, and muscles. But first of all, you have to motivate yourself that you will work on your physical weaknesses along with your emotional ones. So, it’s not a bad idea to hit the gym or do some exercise at home when you feel a little lousy next time it will not only take your blues away, but that post-workout glow will make your day.
Corrective exercises at home:
Now if you think that you need to correct your posture but at the same time words as GYM, WORKOUT,
TRAINERS freak you out do not worry because a little effort at home also goes a long way. First, stop SLOUCHING, I agree that slouching is embedded in your system, but hey there’s always a window for improvement.
Now focus and sit up straight, by straight I mean square your shoulders and keep your spine straight. If you feel uncomfortable by sitting directly for more than 10 secs, it is because your core muscles aren’t strong enough to hold your torso in position. Still, you can fix this at home by trying some of the exercises mentioned below:
- Crunches: it is one of the most applied techniques to strengthen the abdominal muscles. Lay on the floor with your knees bent, part your knees, cross your hands on your chest and now try to raise your upper body from the floor. Try to repeat this at least five times and to increase the difficulty level, try it with your hands behind your head.
- Superman: no, not the comic book one, lay on your stomach with your arms stretched Infront of you and your legs straight against the ground now you have to lift your arms and legs at the same time trying to form a bowl like posture in a way that both arms and legs are approximately 10cm off the ground. It will help to strengthen the back muscles and abdominal muscles.
- Bridge: yes, sometimes to have to cross a bridge to reach your destination, but this time you must make one. Lay on the floor with your legs bent and feet firmly on the ground now tighten your glutes and abs and raise your butt and lower back off the floor. You should hold this position for 5 seconds and repeat five times in a set.
These are some of the practices that will help you restore your core strength and stability. Because:
“Some exercise is better than no exercise.”
But if you are very much in need to see a specialist you must visit one there is no harm in seeking professional help. The corrective exercise trainers are specially trained, and they will design your workouts according to your needs.
BENEFITS OF HAVING A STRONG CORE:
You must think of your core as a link between your upper and lower body or in easy words it is just like a staring wheel that is used to drive your body and even a slight dysfunctionality can lead to many hurdles in your daily life. By this time, I am sure you have a great understanding of the importance of having a strong core.
It is responsible for coordinating your every move from bending down to sitting up straight. Your core allows you to walk freely without the fear of tripping even on a straight road and it is the reason why you were able to stand in your positions during those long school assemblies without losing your balance. All the sports activities are powered by a stable and robust core, whether it’s swimming, rowing, tennis, badminton, or golfing, to name a few, they all require an equally stable core. Less often addressed but sexual activities also call for a strong rea core and flexibility. Now imagine not being able to enjoy any of these pleasurable activities. Scary!
Every human likes the concept of having control. When things get out of our control, we are irritated. Having weak core muscles is precisely that irritation because when the movements and walk are out of line, a person’s confidence shatters. A stable core enables us to perform our day-to-day tasks. It trims our silhouette, which boosts up our confidence and eventually contributes to the systematic activities we are doing in daily life.
But I would like to mention here that overtraining your abdominal area is a big fat NO because it can lead to the snubbing of muscles that will lead to higher chances of injuries. Remember, balance is critical to unlocking a stable core. Moderate training, healthy eating, and trimming fats should be the goal rather than obsessing over Abs. Everyone loves a good physique, but a step-by-step strategy must be followed to achieve your goal. Striving for a healthy lifestyle is a green signal, but for that never compromise on your health because a healthy body is home to a healthy mind.
So, focus on building up your core strength and stability. Exercising is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves either working on physical health or an emotional stability exercise it never did and never will harm you if it is done systematically. The next time when you slouch or sit in a weird position thinks that you have turned into a couch potato trust me, this will help you sit straight. Set a goal and work for it focus on your life and maintain a daily routine. Still, most important, you must never ignore the urge to indulge yourself in any physical activity as simple as a walk or a full fledge body workout if you feel like doing it, go for it because:
“Exercise balance Endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”