Welcome back! This is my 5th shared post focusing on obesity and movement/exercise. In my last post I spoke about adding "Core Activation", to your regular movement/exercises that you enjoy. I also identified 5 benefits of core activation. In this shared post I am going to be talking about how adding Core Activation to your regular movement patters can actually increase your functional stability and safety. Before I go into that I want to give you my definition of functional stability.
Functional Stability (definition) - the ability of the body to maintain postural equilibrium and support joints during an individuals everyday movements.
What this means for you, or any other person, is that you would be able to comfortably engage in your daily activity or exercises while maintaining balance, proper posture and maintaining your proper joint position. Functional Stability implies that a person who temporarily loses balance has the ability to quickly recover against the forces that have caused them to be destabilized.
Another result of increasing your stability is that you increase your movement comfort zone. Movements that you were previously unwilling to engage in are movements you are now willing to complete.
A person who has increased functional stability is a more confident person. They are more likely to participate in activity and exercise. They are more interested in moving. Ultimately they end up burning more calories during their everyday activities simply because they become more active.
Another benefit of adding core activation to you regular movement patterns and exercises is that you will enjoy increased safety. Increased safety happens as a result of increased stability. In my definition of functional stability it states that "joints are supported during everyday movements". Your joints are supported in their natural joint positions as a result they tend to undergo less stress and less inflammation. Reduced joint inflammation leads to less joint pain and potential joint deterioration.
Remember the entire focus of this series is to help people who suffer from obesity to increase their movement. Common sense would dictate that if you are able to increase your stability and safety during movement you would be more interested in and willing to move more.
Moving more is a critical component to eventual weight loss. So if you have not read my other shared posts on this topic I encourage you to take a few minutes and go back and read them. Remember I work with people everyday who are overcoming obesity because they have learned to move more effectively and efficiently. This is my hope for you.
In my next shared post in this series I will take a closer look at the remaining benefits of core activation to increase your interest in applying these principles in your daily life.
I hope this helps!
Jason Chiero, CPT
Published On: March 31, 2010