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Lost: core strength! Can it be re-discovered? The foundation of fitness

Life has a habit of getting in the way of good physicality. We may all remember our younger years when staying fit and agile was perhaps taken for granted. However, time, life, work and families amongst other things may get in the way of being able to maintain a level of core-strength and fitness that is usually required to keep agile and potentially free from aches and pains.    

 

It is also important to understand that we all have our individual preferences as what suits us in maintaining core strength. Re-discovering these opportunities might take a little discipline; however, working with your physiotherapist is usually a great starting point.

 

What might be considered, noting this is not an exhaustive list?

 

  • Core anatomy: With your physiotherapist, look at unravelling the complexity of the core muscles, explaining how it involves more than just the abdominal muscles. Explore the interconnected muscles that make up the core, including the back, pelvis, and hip muscles, highlighting their collective role in stability and movement. 

  • Posture and alignment: Discuss the pivotal role of a strong core in maintaining proper posture and spinal alignment. Explore how a well-developed core provides the necessary support for the spine, reducing the risk of back pain and improving overall body alignment.

  • Injury prevention: Some can find that a strong core acts as a natural defence against injuries. Perhaps consider its role in stabilising the spine and reducing the strain on surrounding muscles, ligaments, and joints, helping prevent common injuries during physical activities. 

  • Functional movement: Highlight the significance of core strength in facilitating everyday movements. From bending and lifting to twisting and reaching, a strong core improves functional movements, making daily tasks more efficient and reducing the risk of strain or injury.  

  • Balance & stability: Understanding the relationship between core strength and balance is important. Think about how a stable core serves as the body's anchor, enhancing balance and coordination, which is crucial for activities ranging from walking to more complex exercises.


For those who may be looking to take their individual plans in physical strength further, there is also:

 

  • Athletic performance: understand how athletes across various disciplines benefit from a strong core and its contribution to agility, balance, and power. This can demonstrate how core strength is a key determinant in optimising athletic and sports performance. 


Summary

 

We are all different and our physical life-journeys take varying paths, some good for health and well-being, and some not so. Core strength can play a key role, and understanding its role in promoting overall personal health whilst preventing injuries and enhancing physical performance can be vital.

 

We look forward to helping you with your physiotherapy needs, tailored to your personal circumstances, through 2024 and beyond. If you are interested in our services feel free to call us on 07309 272 555 or email physio@Lifemadesimple.co.uk. Life Made Simple - expert physiotherapy in Guildford and Surrey.

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