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Hey friend, we are in the middle of a really important series about how to live and move pain free, especially through your back and your hips, for many, many years to come… no matter how old you are right now. I think we ALL want that - yes?
Well, so did Tom and Diana.
I have a couple of clients that I’ve worked with for a few years, Tom and Diana. They’re in their mid-60’s, and a very health-conscious couple. They have excellent eating habits, do lots of walking, and they both made very regular visits to their beloved massage therapist and chiropractor.
But even still, both of them suffered from nagging back and hip pain for years. It wasn’t completely debilitating, but every so often, their back would completely “go out”, and they’d be laid up for days.
They came to me because they knew they needed to get in better shape and get help with losing the last few pounds. “Fitness” in their mind had always been connected with losing weight and getting more toned. The amazing thing is that as they started getting in better shape, their chronic back pain started to disappear. Not only did they trim down and finally reach a healthy weight, but their back pain really became a thing of the past.
And I know, as their trainer, that I can chalk a lot of that up to the fact that when they started working with me, they had what I call core musculature atrophy. And through our training together, we were able to correct that.
A few times in my life, I’ve gone on hikes in really special places that have a swinging bridge. It’s a little freaky to step out onto it. It’s all wobbly, but that’s the charm… you have to trust that the bridge will hold you.
Now, if someone told me to try driving a car across a swinging bridge made out of only rope, I’d say no way. You’re nuts! There's just not enough structure and support to hold you up. But I wouldn't bat an eye driving across a steel and concrete bridge because I know it's strong and isn't going to twist or buckle or collapse.
Losing the crucial muscles in your core is like replacing your steel bridge with a rope bridge. Worst idea ever.
But this is exactly what happens over time as we get older and stop training properly. And it’s what I call Core Musculature Atrophy
Core Musculature Atrophy is a condition in which all of the primary core muscles, both internal and external, that are designed to support your spine and pelvis have become weak and deconditioned. They’re still there… muscles don’t disappear… but they’re not “alive, alert, awake, enthusiastic”.
It can feel like your midsection is mush, or just weak or non-existent.
In this state of Core Musculature Atrophy, your spinal segments and your entire pelvis and hip socket are no longer able to handle the forces that they undergo during normal activities. This is why you might experience sharp, shooting pains or even an ongoing dull ache with even the simplest activities. It’s like your bones are hanging on your bones.
Core Musculature Atrophy and its relationship to chronic low back pain has been studied extensively around the world. In fact, researchers from the University of Belgium discovered that a very high recurrence rate of low back pain was directly related to the atrophy of certain muscles that stabilize the lumbar spinal segments. They concluded that specific core muscles play a vital role in the stability and functional movement of the spine, and without the strength of these muscles back pain continues to occur.
If you’re nodding your head and raising your hand right now, saying “Help me! This all makes so much sense, but I don’t know where to start, which exact exercises to do, and in what order, and for how long”… I’ve got you. I JUST released my brand new mini-course, which is entirely FREE, called the 5-Day Core Tune Up. In only 5 days, we’ll get your core working again in all the right ways. Just head to 5daycore.com
And this fits in perfectly with the 3-part formula - remember, we’re calling it the “PSF framework”.
If any of these three issues are not being addressed, you simply won’t feel good. But when we combine each of these elements, your body will feel amazing… at any age. You need this if you’re 35, and you certainly need this if you’re 65.
OK, let me leave you with one simple thing that you can do today. And of course it’s going to be having you go to 5daycore.com and start Day One of my core tune up for free. There’s no reason to try and start training your core on your own. Just follow along with me in the videos and I’ll make sure you’re doing it right.
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