Buildings are designed around a core. A central area housing elevators, stairwells, electrical equipment, and other facilities.
The integrity of the structure depends on it. Our bodies work much the same way. Our central core is designed to assist and stabalize every motion we perform as well as to protect the organs. Imagine a slinky toy. (Remember thoughs?) The fun is to watch it flop in all directions without control. As a child I found it quite entertaining. We would be much the same if it were not for our inner abdominal muscles and spine. According to the Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org back pain is one of the most common reasons people miss work. Often times people are hunched over keyboards at desks or standing for long periods of time. On every trip to the supermarket or drugstore we see the magazine racks with cover after cover of uber-chisled fitness models sporting 8 packs and titles such as “30 days until rock-hard abs!” I truly wish it were that easy. The inner workings of our cores are an elaborate network much like that of the skyscraper. They are made up many muscles, some 30 to be exact, many of which I plan to cover and focus on training correctly, however I think it important to start in the kitchen.
Unnecessary weight in the mid-section is problematic for various reasons and the stress to the back is near the top of list. The spine and back muscles have to over compensate for the added weight causing pain and discomfort. With an estimated one-third of Americans considered obese in 2014 and the rate rising, it is important to me to focus on nutrition for a bit. Cutting out excess calories and trimming extra pounds is as imperative as the stability ball and planks. And if you haven’t been incorporating those into your routine you will be. Very soon.
SUCCESS DEPENDS ON NEW WAYS OF THINKING
- Track what you eat
- Cut out the junk
- Consume 5-6 smaller meals rather than “Three squares'”
- Recognize what your “Triggers” are
(a trigger is something that prompts you to eat. i.e. boredom, stress, anxiousness, etc. learn to recognize yours)
- Weigh yourself once a week. Weight fluctuates so eliminate the need to stress yourself every day.
PART 2 GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS