To ensure the transition from winter sports to summer goes without a hitch, a little spring training never hurts. In fact, spring is a great time to tone up the tummy and to strengthen the core of the body, whether it is to transition from one sport to another, or to reach new fitness goals.
The best ways to strengthen the core it is best to start with the back. Imagine your spine as it runs the course of your core; the muscles deep inside the abdominal cavity surrounding the spine are the heart of stability and where good core strength begins. Taking an inside out approach to core work allows for the muscles to build upon each other in a well-balanced and systematic approach to core strength. It is also this deeper strength that helps with balance and stability. Regardless of the fitness goals you have set forth for yourself, safe movement begins at the center of the body and moves outward. Developing those deep internal core muscles will ensure an exercise regime is safe, effective and enduring.
Strong core muscles help with good posture and keep us looking fit and trim, but they are also critical to helping athletes avoid injury. Strong core muscles protect internal organs and important nervous and vascular systems. A strong core also helps with balance while on the bike or out on the trail. Core muscles help us to catch ourselves, to rebalance and to avoid harmful falls and devastating crashes.
Runners and cyclists are known for their endurance, but those long runs and rides can be hard on the back. A strong core actually helps support the back, making the long rides and runs more comfortable, and less hard on the body afterward. Bad posture, deriving from a weak core is a leading cause of back problems. Strengthening the core helps to avoid debilitating back injuries and minimizes the strain of strenuous activity on the body.
While yoga and sit-ups help strengthen the core, a structured approach to the core is the best way to strengthen the trunk of the body carefully and balanced from the inside out. Schedule a meeting with one of the personal trainers at the Aspen Club to discuss your core body objectives and to compile a workout plan for you. Personal trainers offer an in depth understanding of the muscles and the best exercises to strengthen, tone and define those muscles.
Enjoy spring and summer in the Rockies looking and feeling your best from the inside out!