Why should I incorporate stability training into my routine?
Standing, sitting, twisting, walking; all movements we perform each day, right? And how are these movements carried out? Through our muscles. So, how do we maintain our posture while performing these everyday actions and utilizing larger muscles? Answer, smaller stabilizing muscles! Therefore, stability is key to movements we perform in everyday life, so we must train our body in such a way that enables us to carry out everyday movements.
Stability Training Supports Pain Reduction
Stability training can also reduce back pain, and joint pain caused by arthritis! If your core is weak, then your back is likely to suffer, so throw in a few core stability exercises to reduce/relieve the pain. As for your joints, stability exercises will strengthen the tiny “stabilizing” muscles at each joint, and lower your chance for injury when moving into strength exercises. Makes sense when you think about it, huh!?
Stability Training Reduces Chance for Injury
I start all novice clients with stability exercises, and for the more advanced clients, I simply mix a few days of stability training into their program. Guess how many injuries I’ve experienced while training… zero! No need to “knock on wood” so to speak, because when you train smart, you avoid mistakes and injury.
Muscles Work In Unison with Other Anatomical Structures
Your muscles, ligaments, and tendons all work together to provide the best balance possible for your body. When one component fails this creates more work for the other components. For example, everyone knows someone with a bad ACL, but, do you know that the muscles making up for the damaged ACL are the hamstrings? Proper stability training drastically reduces the chance of a torn ligament or pulled muscle.
What about pregnant women?
Well, I would be very cautious with stability training due to the risk of falling. If you really want to perform stability exercises while pregnant, I would suggest exercises that keep both feet on the floor, or that have four points of contact with the ground.
In Summary, teaching your muscles to handle weight properly, and activating the stabilizing muscles at each joint, lowers your probability of injury. It’s that simple.
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