IS YOUR CORE GETTING WEAKER? Five signs to watch for.

Do you, like many of my clients, struggle with a weak core?


How do you know that you have a weak core?


Is it because you do not have a desirable "flat tummy"?

Is it because you do not have a six pack?

Is it because you have a belly pooch?


I bet you can still function without a "flat tummy" or six pack abs! However, the five reasons listed below might compromise your well-being and level of independence as you get older. Therefore, BE AWARE - pay attention to these five signs.


All the reasons listed above are superficial and relate to the appearance! Yes, looking good is important! I believe this message has been overused and abused by the fitness world. Therefore, many of my clients do not realize that there are many other benefits to a stronger core than just how the belly looks.


First of all, what is the core? If you cannot define it, then read my blog here! Briefly, your core muscles support your spine and internal organs. The core muscles power up your every movement. The core muscles are super useful in fitness, breathing, strength training and LIFE!


Now, let's get to 5 signs may indicate that you have a weak core!


Yes, your body adapts. Therefore, your muscles get stronger if they are being used consistently. Your lifestyle of conveniences does not contribute to building and maintaining a strong core. As such, your muscles adapt to the environment you live in or to the input that you give them. Over time your muscles can get weaker without you even realizing it! This can set us up for poor posture, injuries, aches & pains, and diminished quality of life!

Can you identify with any of these signs?

5 SIGNS THAT YOU HAVE A WEAK CORE:

1. Are you using your arms to get yourself out of bed or chair?

Do you even notice it?

Take an action, notice it!

Then try to get up without using hands. Can you do it? Do you feel off balance?


Here’s a test to try right now: sit down in a chair, wait a few seconds, and then stand up. Did you automatically reach out to grab a table, desk, or even put your hands on your thighs to push you up?

Here’s another test to do first thing tomorrow morning: when you are still lying in bed, pay attention to how you get up. Do you use your hands to push you into a sitting position to get up?

Did you pass this tests? Does your core need some strengthening?


2. Do you have stairs in your house? How many times a day do you go up and down the stairs? Are you using railings? Is it because you feel off balance or your knees feel uncomfortable?


Here is a test you can try next time you are going up and down the stairs - do not use any support. Can you do it? Do you start feeling it in your knees?


Did you pass this test? Does your core need some strengthening?

3. Is it challenging for you to keep yourself upright while sitting at your desk?

Do you find yourself slouching more often?

Slouching here and there is ok especially if you sit for hours without taking a break. Your muscles get tired. But do you ever try to sit upright intentionally? Is it easy for you?

Sitting in a slouching position makes it challenging for the lungs to expand so it may affect your energy level and mood.


Next time you are sitting at your desk, notice! Make an effort to sit up in a more upright position, which will require your core muscles to work! In this blog, you can test your posture to identify if your core is optimally engaged throughout the day to support your tall posture.


Did you pass this test? Does your core need some strengthening?


4. How is your balance? When was the last time you were walking? Walking requires a lot of balancing on one leg. Do you feel stable on your walks? Are you avoiding uneven surfaces because you are afraid of falling and breaking a hip?

Here is a test for you: try standing on one foot for at least 30 seconds then repeat on the other side. Do you feel balanced on both sides? Are you feeling wobbly? Are you holding your breath? What if you move your eyes to the right and to the left while standing on one leg? How did you do?


Did you past this test? Does your core need some strengthening?


5. When you lift heavy groceries or dog's food bag, do you feel your back or perhaps a sudden urge to pee?


If you lift weights, do you feel that you cannot progress any further by adding more weights because you feel very unstable in your spine?


Your test: next time you lift something heavy, notice if you feel supported? Do you feel your back? Do you feel a downward pressure on your pelvic floor? Are you holding your breath when you are lifting?


Did you pass this test? Does your core need some strengthening?


Are you ready to get in charge of your body so it charges you up in your 40s and beyond? Your body is a vehicle for vitality, longevity and quality of your life.

Looking for life-time solutions? Choice is yours!



WANT MORE TESTING AS A BONUS:

In this link, you will have 4 videos that will help you test your deep core muscles that stabilize your trunk and prevent pelvic floor from leaking.



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