Aug 19, 2011
So you’ve made it……An Empty Nester. You’ve raised a family and instilled the core qualities and characteristics you set out to for your children. As a result, they have been able to go out into the world being physically strong, having moral character and mental alertness. Nice Job!!!!
Now is a great time to return to your core values. Having some new found free time on your hands is a great reason and excuse to get back into exercising in a new way. The idea of your “Core” is really a statement about the health and fitness level of your torso.
The core consists of 32 muscles that connect your hips and back. If these muscles have become detuned over time you may experience things like: low back, hip, knee and other unnecessary joint pain, poor or less than perfect posture, a loss of balance and probably a loss of the physical activities you may have loved or wish you could do more often or at a higher level.
If you have always had good exercise habits then why not take these habits to the next level? If you have been slack or less than dedicated to your personal fitness level what better time then now to tighten up your waist line and your physical abilities? It has been accepted by many that physical performance and ability have to decrease with age. That low back pain and a loss of balance are just part of the aging process. This is true to some degree due to decreases in hormone production within your body. These decreases are due to both aging and in a big part to the lack of physical stimulation needed to keep these hormones in demand by your body. That’s right, you have a big say in how you actually feel!!!!
The effects of aging can be reduced or reversed by you. If you do not provide a high enough physical demand then your body will not give you a supply of hormones that make you feel younger and healthier.
It has recently been proven that adults that take up exercise and particularly “core” specific exercises show: increases in muscle strength, balance, physical performance and an overall better sense of well-being. These same people also show decreases in: body fat, back and joint pain, and a fear of falling. So next time you’re at the gym or working out at home whether it be for the first time or the thousandth time, try integrating core exercises and pushing yourself more than the norm to reap an abundance of rewards and return to your core values!!!
Master Trainer 24 Hour Fitness
BA Kinesiology and Applied Physiology University Of Colorado
ACE certified Trainer