"The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt." ~ Max Lerner
Do you want to be stronger, more flexible, or get out of pain? I injured my lower back years ago, and my osteopath told me I had a very weak core. I had no idea what he was talking about, but since I didn't want a recurrence of the injury, resolved to find out. In the process of strengthening my core and resolving my back issues, I've learned some key points about strengthening the core safely:
Try this. Stand tall, with both feet firmly planted on the ground. Place your hands on your hips. Keeping your hips level and steady, bend one knee and begin to raise your leg until the thigh is parallel to the ground. Stop raising your leg if one hip starts to lift or your pelvis rocks. Take several easy breaths. Lower leg and repeat with the other side. Does one side feel more ease? If you're not sure if your pelvis is rocking, try checking it as you stand in front of a full-length mirror.
A strong flexible core is important for strong flexible movement. Soften the breath, relax, and you will boost your core stability. Core stability is an essential component to moving well, without pain.
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