Re-energize with Chiropractic and Core Exercises
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us do a lot every day. We may be constantly working and frequently moving, but still need to be more fit. Our core muscles are central to everything we do, but they are often neglected, which impacts our efforts in the office, and out on the courts.
How It Works
The core muscles connect the upper body to the lower body. When those muscles are weak or tight, our arms and legs lose power, and everything that we do may suffer.
If you are experiencing aches and pains and struggling to keep up with your daily routines, stop in at The Joint Chiropractic and learn how to activate your core as you improve your overall fitness.
Fitness, along with health and wellness are prime targets at The Joint Chiropractic. The Joint’s licensed chiropractors help people get fit, feel healthier, and enjoy greater wellness every day.
When you come in, your chiropractor will explain how spinal health links to overall health. The spine is the home of the central nervous system that controls the elaborate network of nerves that makes our body run. When that brain-to-body communication works smoothly, our overall health benefits, too.
A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may ease your aches and pains and help you sleep better, feel more energetic, and think more clearly. Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may be the next step to strengthen your core and upgrade your whole fitness effort.
Feeling a Lot More Fit
Starting with core exercises to tone abs, build back muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance, you and your chiropractor can establish regular routines that work for you.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, or 1 1/4 hours of vigorous activity per week.
Here are a few core exercises to get started. Always check with your doctor before beginning new exercises.
Starter stretch - Lie on the back with arms straight up to the ceiling. Bend knees and hips to 90 degrees. Hold rib cage down, inhale, extend opposite arm and leg and exhale. Switch sides and repeat.
Leg stretch - Lie on back and lift both legs up so feet are facing the ceiling. Keep one leg straight up while you slowly lower the other leg down to the ground. Then switch and repeat.
Front plank - Lie face down and support body on elbows and toes without letting the hips sag. Hold for 60 seconds.
When you are ready to work on your health and fitness, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Find out about the affordable personal healthcare plans and packages that eliminate the hassle of insurance. No appointments are needed and weekend and evening hours are available.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.