I remember the first time I went trail running and experienced the majority of my forward momentum and power coming from my core.
For as long as I can remember prior to this, my power as a runner came from my strong and always ready to work hard gymnasts legs, with some help from my pumping arms. This new feeling (like I was floating, effortless!) was a revelation.
Since that first time running from my core I’ve experienced more and more ‘ahas’ about how to harness the power of my core for everything from overhead presses (and activities like rock climbing), to sitting, to the work I do everyday to yoga, gym workouts and even walking.
Let me clarify something right away: by “core” I don’t mean my abs, though they are involved. I’m talking about harnessing the power of our entire pelvic complex, which utilizes our deep core muscles and our glutes (acting together as a team) to create a rooted center from which to power everything we do as movers in the world.
For a simple deep core activation series, click here.
This concept is impossible to describe in words, so scroll back up and watch the video for demonstrations of how to implement this pelvic alignment fix through a squat, a push up and walking.
Then – give it a try. You can do this wherever you are right this minute, even if you’re sitting at a desk.
When you learn this postural correction and make it habitual throughout your life and activities, you’ll start noticing your legs and arms won’t get as sore as before during workouts, you may have less aches and pains while sitting at the computer, and – when implemented through a diverse range of activities, you may notice certain injuries or nagging pains like constantly tweaking your back or mid back pain go away.
With proper pelvic alignment we can start to reverse and prevent injuries during our activities while also growing our effortlessness and power as movers.