In our last blog post, we talked about the importance of core strength. The muscles that make up your core are called that for a reason — they are essential to your balance, stability, strength, posture, and more. As you may have guessed, Alter’d Core classes at our fitness center here in Hudson are one amazing way to work those muscles, but how else can you work toward a stronger core and a healthier life? In today’s blog, we’ll talk about how to engage your core consciously and how you can practice throughout your day for faster results. Don’t forget to sign up for an Alter’d Core class today for a one-of-kind workout that is effective and challenging for participants of all ages and abilities!
Engage Your Core
You can tighten the muscles in your core at any time for added support and strength, but for those who may be a little out of practice, you may be thinking, “How do you do that? What core muscles?” Don’t worry — we all have abs, even if you don’t have the traditional “six pack,” and everyone can work on engaging their core.
The first thing to know is that sucking in your stomach is not the same thing as engaging your core. In fact, it can be harmful to your posture and your stability. Instead, think of how you would brace yourself if someone were about to smack you in the stomach. You clench your core muscles in reaction — hold them there for some practice! It should feel like you are about to laugh or cough, and you should feel the added strength and stability of having the support of those big muscle groups. Don’t forget to keep breathing! A strong core should help you breathe better, not keep you from getting the oxygen you need.
Make it Essential to Every Workout
If you have taken a group fitness class or worked with a personal trainer, you have probably been told to “engage your core” more than a few times. Core strength is essential to every workout routine, especially the exercises you do outside of guided Alter’d Core classes, so make sure you are practicing! Lifting weights? Achieve better form and posture with a tight core. Hiking or running hills? Engage your core to stay strong and stable.
As we discussed in our last blog post, your core muscles are triggered with almost every kind of exercise, so it will be hard to find a situation where you shouldn’t focus on a strong core. Just make sure you’re breathing normally. Remember, engaging your core is not about sucking it in or holding your breath, it’s about feeling strong and focused.
Practice Every Day
The gym isn’t the only place to practice strengthening your core. You can also try engaging those muscles throughout the day during everyday activities! Practice every time you think about it, whether you’re in a meeting or in the grocery store, and learn to recognize the feeling of a strong core. Those muscles are triggered in almost everything you do, so try to be mindful of how you use them, especially in activities like bending over, straightening up, and twisting from side to side. You can also take a few additional steps to make sure your core stays engaged, like replacing your office chair with a stability ball, if your office allows.
Sign Up for an Alter’d Core Class
Learning how to engage your core properly and practicing is a good way to slowly strengthen your core over time. You can experience the benefits we discussed in our last blog post on the importance of core strength, and perhaps you can be more aware of how a strong, solid core helps make everything you do a little easier. When you want a workout that will challenge you and engage your entire body, turn to Alter’d Core! We offer one-of-a-kind fitness classes to the Hudson area, using the Lagree Fitness Method and the innovative Megaformer machine to ensure every participant gets a workout that challenges their personal fitness level without injury or stress on the joints. Explore our site to learn more about our methods and register for a spot in one of our classes today!