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Part 2: Strength- Need to Know

Core stability- as I’ve mentioned before Julie Wiebe has some great videos explaining how your body’s neutral alignment will allow your transverse abdominis and pelvic floor to naturally relax and contract in response to your diaphragm from breathing which creates a piston effect, resulting in core stability. You can move with ease once you develop the awareness and put these principles to action. Finding our neutral posture is a big part of finding core stability, healthy movement patterns, and ultimately becoming the strongest version of yourself. Every body is different and can be different from right to left.

All practices have something to offer, whether you like weight training, Pilates, yoga, Tai chi, Qi Gong, TRX, or any other practice, everything has a time and a place. Depending on your body’s natural tendencies, you might apply principles from one practice and apply them to another practice depending on what works best for your body. For example, applying the breathing techniques from Pilates to your TRX workouts.

Daily activities- Remember, what you do daily is also a form of exercise, housework, yard work, playing with the kids/grand-kids. Every time you lift, carry, push or pull you are exercising. What I love about weight training is that it provides an opportunity to be more intentional about practicing with good form and technique so that when you are getting groceries, doing laundry, or transporting your kids in and out of the car for activities and appointments that you are doing it as best as possible and you are reducing your risk of injury because you are strong at executing movements the right way for your body.

Your body will put up with A LOT, just because you don’t have pain doesn’t mean that you shouldn't use ideal form and technique. I often use the example of professional athletes. Some athletes will push their body until their body says, “I’m not doing this anymore.” This could result in an injury, reduction in strength, or persistent fatigue. You see some professional athletes leave sport and they're getting hip and knee replacements in their 30's. Your body needs to be challenged but it also needs time for rest and recovery. Rest between sets and between workouts is essential to improve performance. With exercise, you should never have pain in your joints and if you have intense muscle soreness for more than 3 days after a work out, it was too much!

Everything is connected therefore exercise is not only important for our physical health but also our mental and emotional health.

Reasons to do strength training:

- Concern of osteopenia and osteoporosis

- Concern of falling

- Concern with becoming dependent

- Improved Mental health

- Stress Management

- Physical Independence

- Confidence

- Reduced risk of some health conditions

- Management of certain health conditions

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