If you are looking for simple ways to start strengthening your CORE muscles, you can consult with a professional personal trainer Portland in your area or you can start out by doing this simple exercise at home. The easiest would be to start with your balance. When you have some free time, balance on one leg and hold that position for 60 seconds, then do it on the other. Once that gets easy, balance on one leg and slightly bend that knee and hold it for a few seconds and then come back up, without putting down the other foot. Do these for at least 15 repetitions and then do the other side.
What this will do is start to activate your smaller stabilizers in your knees, hips and in your feet. In addition, your CORE muscles will start to activate because they are also trying to help you keep your balance without forcing you to use other movements that can cause injury. When the CORE muscles are weak, sometimes joints, tendons, ligaments and bones will take the tension that is created when doing a movement and then injury occurs. By slowly strengthening both stabilizers and ligaments, your body will be better in the long run. When this basic exercise explained above gets easy, do the same movement but practice picking up a light object with one leg and then putting it back down. This type of exercise movement is not a functional exercise, because it is mimicking movements that you do in every day life.
If you want to learn more functional type movements, check out this YouTube video by Portland personal trainer, Kisar Dhillon. This is a more advanced movement and it involves using a piece of equipment at the gym. Enjoy!
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