When should we engage our core?
Once the concept of engaging the core is second nature, try the skill when doing routine daily physical activities that include movements like bending and lifting. Practice engaging your core in daily routine physical activities. For example:
- Sitting down/standing up
- Walking up/down stairs
- Bending and twisting to unload a dishwasher
- Lifting heavy objects
When you practice engaging your core in more challenging daily physical activities, this prepares you to use this skill in fitness activities which also require support to the spine, such as jogging, biking, golfing and lifting weights. Now you are on the path of improved posture, stability and power, along with safer performance in all of your daily physical and fitness activities. Remember however, your core should not be contracted continuously over a long period of time.
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