Ginger Daniels Movement Specialist
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,
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