RAC Aware – Stability Training Awareness Month
Provided by: www.active.com and www.glidefit.com
STABILITY (aka) solidity, strength, security.
Stabilization, strength and power come from functional core training.
THE DEFINITION OF CORE IS: the central or most important part of something.
Core muscles create a solid base for your body, allowing you to stay upright and stand strong on your two feet. Core work allows you to stabilize your spine, which improves and controls your posture. It allows you to practice movement that provides optimal motion for daily tasks. Challenging your core not only improves balance and functional movement, but it creates that toned look that so many people crave.
Reduce back pain and Improve posture– Your core muscles are linked to your lower back. If you have back pain, it’s probably due to an unbalanced core. When you work on strengthening your core, your posture develops, creating a stronger lumbar curve and aligning your spine. When your core is weak, your spine naturally curves. Think about people who sit all day hunched over in front of a computer or who drive for long periods of time. Your spine is compressed and curved in these positions, creating a great deal of stress on your back. When you add core exercises to your daily routine, you lengthen your core. Pressure from your spine is released.
Enhance Performance– Stability Training workouts (Glide: uses Aqua Based Stability Training (ABST)) promote improved coordination and reflex responses. This will help your body to react to sudden changes in direction, improve agility and reduce the risk of accidental falls. It is challenging for your central nervous system. Igniting your central nervous system (CNS) is the key to maximizing your performance in the weight room. This will train your body to move with maximal velocity and force. This effect is known as post activation potentiation (PAP), which is the increase in muscle force and rate of force development as a result of the previous activation of the muscle. With stability training you can improve your reaction time as you learn to quickly correct a mistake, but not over-correct.
Balance– It doesn’t matter what skill level you’re at—from daily tasks to athletic performance, your range of motion can improve and you can gain more agility. Good balance is extremely important as we grow older; it’s a skill that everyone will benefit from, young or old. It is never too late to start – all ages will see benefits from adding stability training (and ABST) into their routine.