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Getting Your Core Back on Track

By Stephen R. Farris

So you're feeling a little rundown and out of shape. Your back hurts all the time and you just don't have the energy you once had. A little more pudginess begins to show around our midsection these days.

The plain and simple truth is that you've gotten away from your "core" values. What I mean is, your "core" (the middle section of your body) is essential to helping keep your body healthy and functioning in ways it should, from walking, lifting, moving side-to-side, twisting, bending and even throwing. 

Building your core back to the way it should can be challenging; here's a few tips to help get your started to get it on track again.

In the Beginning

To begin with, we have a body. We must maintain our bodies in a certain way if we want to live to a ripe old age. That means we should be eating more healthy and exercising. So first things first, focus on your nutritional needs. Learn to eat add more fresh fruits and vegetables into your everyday diet. Combine with proteins such as chicken or fish. These foods can help give your joints, muscles and organs the nutrients and minerals they need to keep functioning properly.

Core Basics

Try some planking exercises. This simple, yet effective exercise combines several key areas of your body (shoulders, hips and midsection) working together towards overall core strength. Incorporate climbing exercise into your core workout regimen. These are fairly simple. On the floor, keep your body held up with your arms. Stretch out your legs and bring them toward your midsection in an alternating fashion, just like you would climbing a wall or using a ladder, except you're basically staying still. 

Burpees are great too. Pretty much the same as climbing, however, you bring your knees simultaneously back towards your midsection.

If your core, joints and muscles start feeling pained, it could be caused from  Consult with your local chiropractor to see what they suggest could be causing the problem. From there, they can offer treatment options for you and how long they may take or how long you will need them, to help guide you back to better health.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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