So I was thinking about this blog today and it occurred to me after speaking with a client earlier that we all might need a reminder or a new lesson in the reasons that stability training is so important for us all to include each time we work out.
You see, when you stabilize your muscles and align your bones you create balance in your body…without which, you'd fall to the ground. You might say to this, "but I want to build muscles," or "I want to lose weight…" How does balancing on one leg or standing on a slightly unstable surface help me to accomplish these goals? First off, trying to properly align your bones requires your core muscles to engage and adding a single leg balance to this requires that you recruit more muscles to stabilize that leg lift. This automatically begins building strength in your muscles which will help you to eventually have the proper stabilizers working in order to move on to building muscle and burning fat. As you gain stability and strength, you can add more and more elements of instability, eventually more weight to lift, and finally increase the speed at which you perform these exercises. However none of this is possible without a baseline of stability exercises, particularly beginning with your core.
I see a lot of different types of clients every day and I can assure you that regardless of weight, sex, age, whether or not they have a chronic disorder or injury they are working through…. NO MATTER WHAT they need to stabilize. It can be such a fun foundation for your workout as well.
Personally, I love a challenge, and though I've been working out with weight training, pilates, yoga, dance, running, hiking my entire life, nothing is more satisfying than knowing how to recruit my muscles for balance and stability. Only then can I run faster, hold that pose longer, catch myself if I slip on a rock outside… creating stability in my muscles while using an unstable situation in the exercise prepares me for all of these things. You will also have longevity, let me tell you. And all that back pain that happens while staring at your computer screen, or driving, or texting will almost cease to exist if you work on stabilizing your muscles. Your mind is exercising too at more of an intensity in order to balance, which will keep your brain function more optimal so that you can stay sharp for as long as is humanly possible.
With thoughtful love and wellness to you all,
This week I'd like to tell you a few things you might not know about your pelvic floor. First off, in case you didn't know, your pelvic floor is a sling of muscles that attach from the front of your pubic bone and wrap under all the way to your tail bone. Exercising this area is important in order to keep the muscles in this region working properly for you. Just like any other muscle in your body, it is vital to keep both a strengthening and an equal ability to relax your pelvic floor.
Many people assume that only women who have had children need to work this area, or women who are older and losing bladder control, or that men don't need to do these exercises...All are false! Women and men of all ages, with or without children need to perform these exercises to maintain healthy control over this group of muscles.
While it is true that childbirth and surgeries involving the prostate, kidneys, or bladder are common reasons to start performing pelvic floor exercises, everyday living combined with possible weight problems or even lifting weights can cause these muscles to weaken.
The best way to get in touch with this area of your body is to sit in a chair and practice breathing. As you inhale, think of filling up your ribcage and relaxing the pelvic muscles around an imaginary jelly bean you are sitting on. As you exhale think of drawing your belly button in as you squeeze around that jelly bean, drawing it up towards your belly button. Practice this exercise for 10-20 reps for 2-3 consecutive sets a day and you will definitely begin to strengthen your pelvic floor for healthy control of your bladder and bowels as well as increasing your orgasmic potential and length of your orgasm... Who doesn't want that?!
With thoughtful love to you all,
This is from my beginnings of making fitness videos, before the incredible Octavia Klein became involved, so please bear with my camera work doing a selfie video on an iPhone!! Please watch and share… we all drive so much in Los Angeles!!
This week is all about food!…. Dinner actually. My dinner tonight? Consists of an amazing and easy to make salad. Ingredients below…. Bon Appetit!!! XO, Ginger
Ingredients for Ginger's Salmon Salad:
Raw kale, spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, half avocado, 1 celery stalk, 1 persian cucumber, 1 half can of boneless, skinless, sustainable salmon, half sweet potato, parsley, snap peas, lemon squeeze, and a dash of blood orange balsamic vinegar! VEGAN'S CAN LEAVE THE SALMON OFF AND IT'S STILL SO YUMMY!