Extended periods of sitting can lead to a state of compromise in the postural muscles. Posture is comprised of more than the back muscles. The deep core muscles and even those on the posterior hip and upper thigh play a role the maintenance of good posture and for ambulation. Range of motion in the … Continue reading The Setbacks of Sitting
Exercise regimens typically focus on the visible muscles. However, the less visible muscle provide structural support to the body: the psoas is particularly important in this regard. The psoas (to be used interchangeably with ilio-psoas / IP). The psoas plays a major role in good posture. Locomotion is tied closely to the functioning of the … Continue reading Psoas you do, Psoas you are.
A Series on Functional Exercises for Golf: 1/3 Hello Golfers, This article is written to shed some light on correcting the mechanics that effect a more fluid gold swing. When there is tightness in the hips, the golfer will adjust for this by prematurely rotating the torso and shifting the shoulders. This ‘premature rotating’ of … Continue reading Swing away, with good form!
Progression 1/3: Single Leg Balancing Squat Supported Everyday, people engage in movements that involve coordination of the ankle, knee and hip joints (AKH). Movements such as walking, running, and jumping are variations of the Single Leg Squatting position. In order for coordinated execution of these movements to take place, proper engagement of the core and … Continue reading Single Leg Squatting: Stability and Flexibility
So you have only 30 minutes to workout? What can you accomplish in 30 minutes? When structured properly, you can achieve an effective workout in just 30 minutes. Due to time constraints, exercise usually gets put aside until the next day. If this happens often enough, accountability may begin to wane and exercise may be … Continue reading 30 minutes and I’m gone . . . .
Balance Training is an often overlooked aspect of most people's exercise regimen. When I work out at the gym I see people doing all sorts of exercises, but very rarely do I see anyone performing balance exercises. As we age and become more sedentary, movement can become restricted and balance and stability skills may decline. … Continue reading Balance Training
I was practicing my tai chi long form on 4 April 2012. Lately, I have been focusing keeping the head suspended while lengthening the spine and sinking into the ground. I have been emphasizing these points by practicing the form with a book on my head. Practicing the form in this fashion encourages activation of … Continue reading Martial Arts Kata and Core Stability
Click this link - Introduction to the Posterior Chain series The hip joint and the shoulder girdle are critical to the functionality of the posterior chain musculature. The musculotendinous attachments at the hip joint and at the shoulder girdle are important to engaging the core and stabilizing the spine. Because the spine connects the hips … Continue reading Posterior Chain Activation
Despite what you may have heard, core exercises involve more than simply “activating your abdominals” and crunching. The core reaches far behind the abdominals. Pilates is a great way to strengthen the core musculature, but Pilates instruction often overlooks the activation of the pelvic floor musculature, which is crucial to developing a strong core. In … Continue reading Core Exercises
The core is the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, thoracic and cervical spine. It is where the body's center of gravity is located and where all movement begins. The major muscles of the core are the diaphragm, pelvic floor muscles, multifidus, rectus abdominis, transversus abdominis, internal and external obliques, erector spinae, latissimus dorsi, gluteus maximus, and the trapezius. … Continue reading Tell me More About the Core