As we ladies age our mid-section …shall we say…ummm changes…
In todays’ podcast you will learn 3 reasons why having a stronger core makes you look better but why it’s so important for your health.
Find Out In Today’s Podcast:
- 3 Main Reasons Why You Need A Stronger Core
- “Know Your Body Type” podcast
- Flatter Abs Over 40 podcast
- Book your call HERE to get started on losing the weight for the last time.
- Join the Shape It Up Over 40 Challenges group HERE
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Why You Need A Stronger Core Over 40
Transcript: Hey everyone! Welcome to the Shape It Up Over 40 podcast… I am your host Nicole Simonin and I am on a mission to end the idea that once you are over 40 it is all downhill! It is just not true, and my goal is to give you valuable info each and every week on this podcast. So, thank you for being here!
Many clients come to me complaining of low back pain, increasing waistlines and why they just can’t seem to lose the belly weight over 40.
Let’s start off with losing weight…losing inches in your stomach…this CANNOT be done with just ab exercises! You need to lose body fat all over. It will not just come from one area. Check out my previous podcasts on “Knowing Your Body Type” and “Flatter Abs over 40” for more on this.
In order to lose the inches in your midsection you need a program designed specifically for you. If you want to learn how I can help you lose your belly and keep it off…you can book a call with me today and I can help you. You can book your call HERE.
As we get older, our core is very important to keep strong and especially if you have had babies… even more so!
Strengthen Core If You Have Back Problems
One reason to work on strengthen your core is if you have back problems.
Many clients come to me stating they have back pain. The back pain could be a symptom of weak stomach muscles. If your abs are not firing correctly or you are carrying extra weight in your stomach area, then your back will take over and will become overworked, hence causing back pain.
The body is amazing in that it works as a team. If one muscle is weaker or injured other surrounding muscles will pitch in and take over. The problem happens when it’s too much for the working muscle and it becomes tired or fatigue…or worse overused. This is typically when pain and discomfort come into the picture.
Learning how to engage, stabilize and strengthen your core muscles may offset your back pain.
Your Pelvic Floor
If you are over 40, you may have gone to your doctor and they may have mentioned the words “pelvic floor” to you. If you haven’t heard this mentioned …you probably will very soon.
The mysterious pelvic floor. What is it? Where is it?? And why should you be concerned…
The pelvic floor are all the muscles that line your pelvis.
If you image your pelvis as a bowl the pelvic floor muscles are at the bottom of the bowl. These pelvic floor muscles can be engaged by performing:
- Pilates exercises
- Planks and other abdominal exercises.
The most important thing I want you to remember is that if these muscles are strengthened then urinary incontinence (or the ability to not sneeze and pee yourself) will be lessened.
I think I’ll just leave it at that for now 😉 SO if you want to not pee every time you laugh, jump or sneeze…I want to invite you to join in this Oct’s Plank Challenge where you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles! You can request to join over on FB just search “Shape It Up Over 40 Challenges”
Strong Core Equals Better Posture
Did you know if your posture is “off” that your whole body could be imbalanced which could lead to more injuries and those “aches and pains” that you might think are just from getting older….what if we make your posture more aligned and those aches and pains were diminished? That would be fun right!
I was not blessed with good posture…I attribute my posture to starting ballet at age 4 and ending my professional ballet career when I was 30. This is where I learned to stand up! But one of the things I didn’t realize about my posture was that I wasn’t always engaging my abs when I was standing up.
When I become a Physical Therapist Assistant, I learned how the body needs to be aligned so you can alleviate injuries and have the body function and move easier and better.
It’s like trying to ride a bike with 2 flat tires…you will get to where you need to, but the body frame of the bike will be all jacked up!
So If you want to have great posture and function better and possibly eliminate some joint pain…you could go take a ballet class but if you don’t have any desire to don on tights and a leotard you can just get better posture by engaging your core as you stand.
So, here’s the EXTRA BONUS to a stronger core … When you stand with proper posture and your abdominals engaged…you will appear taller and thinner BUT remember you will also be supporting your bone structure and allowing your muscles and joints to move more easily.
So there are a few of the reasons why it’s important to strengthen your core as you age…if you are serious about losing your extra weigh for life and want to get started working together book a call today at HERE …..if you aren’t ready but want to learn more about your core join the Shape It Up Over 40 Challenge group on Facebook this month. Go here.
Have a wonderful and productive day!