As a child I was introduced to sports at the young age of ten years old. My parents started me snow skiing at ten years old. Midget football league at age thirteen and swimming in a high school program that only lost one meet in twenty- three years. I started lifting weights as a hobby in high school.
After college graduation I was a teacher for one year. I decided it wasn’t for me and I moved to Colorado to ski the big mountains. I was lucky to get hired on with a construction crew that taught me lots of skills. The economy was not good in late 1980’s in Colorado. Construction was slow enough that winter construction was non-existent.
Skiing gives you an adrenaline rush like nothing else. It’s hard on your body as well is the construction and motorcycle accidents.
Over the years I wish I were easier on my body. I was lucky to walk away with this short list of problems: knee surgery, broken pelvis, broken thumb, herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative discs, and arthritis.
American’s can play as hard as they want. After eighteen years of bump skiing I finally switched to cross country skiing and eventually gave that up, too. I always had the discipline to stay at the gym a couple days per week but after age forty I was peer pressured to try core exercise by my father because it helped him in his older years. If only I could do it all over again starting from age ten, knowing what I know now.
There is a lot of going through the motions and repetitions in life. As you get older you hope that your doing repetitions smarter than when you’re a boy.
I am not a teacher of core exercise but I can tell you that if I kept doing my body building exercises, my back would be feeling twenty times worse. What core exercise does for me is work a large group of muscles at the same time. For example, when doing an old school push up, you’re not concentrating on your leg muscles. As where, in a core exercise of just the push-up position, without any movement: you can tense all muscles in your body or some harder and some medium. The legs can be tensed as hard as a rock, along with the gluteus. Once the abdominals are tensed and are rock hard, the body will naturally tense throughout the rest of the body. Including the back, chest, and arms.
This core exercise mind-set can be done in sets with a clock. Tense muscles for ten seconds then rest for sixty seconds. Tense for twenty seconds and rest for sixty seconds. Try to do five sets of the same discipline. You should always concentrate on the abs being tense. But five sets can be directed to the lower body and five to the upper body. Once you get better at your mental concentration, then the entire body can be tensed like a rock or close to that level. The core exercise can be as strenuous as any exercise I have seen.
I have incorporated this core exercise to a slightly lower level of concentration while driving my auto, doing my computer work, and even brushing my teeth. When you tense your abdominal muscles in any of the above daily chores, your body takes on a better posture, you burn calories, and tone muscle. You are also increasing your heart rate depending on how tense you make your legs, gluteus, abs, arms, chest, and back, etc. When the core exercise is used as a morning exercise before any breakfast is eaten it is effective as a weight loss program because you get your heart rate up while others are still sleep walking. Getting The heart rate up in the morning let’s my mind get blood faster and I get the most of my day and the most of my life.
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