"YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON YOUR CORE!"
This buzz word - “the core” - exploded in the late 80s (anyone remember the Abdominizer?) and infomercials have taken the term and run with it, making billions of dollars in the process.
Contrary to popular belief (and to the detriment of ab products everywhere you don’t have to have a six-pack or even a two-pack!) to have great core strength.
But what does it mean to have a “strong core”, exactly? And why is it important for someone with a Parkinson’s diagnosis?
In this 4-part mini-series we discuss what your “core” is, why it matters, and guide you through a series of exercises that will help you build one that is flexible, strong, and coordinated.
WHAT IS "CORE STRENGTH"?
The “core” is made up of the major muscle groups that move, support, and stabilize your spine.
Any time you bend forward, backward, to the side, or twist, you’re using more than a few of your 35+ “core muscles” that wrap around the front, sides, and back of your torso and hips.
You use your core in every activity you do throughout the day (unless you're laying flat on your back and not moving).
You're engaging your core every time you turn over, stand up, walk, reach, lift and breathe.
There are 4 things you need to have in order to have a “solid core":
WHY IS CORE STRENGTH IMPORTANT?
Without core muscles to hold you up, you’d move around like the Tube Man.
When the muscles that make up your core are strong and work well together, everyday tasks get much easier:
While a complete and balanced Parkinson’s exercise program goes beyond exercises focused on the core musculature, adding some of these exercises to your regular rotation can be beneficial in many ways.
HOW TO USE THIS MINI-SERIES
This 4-part series is designed to help you build the foundation of core strength with exercises that not only build a stronger core, but also help improve symptoms specific to Parkinson's including posture, stiffness, and rigidity.
Each week we'll focus on a different aspect of core strength and stability:
As a general rule, you can aim to do these exercises 3-5 times per week to see results.
Each week has a downloadable PDF for you to print and take with you.
Sarah is the founder of Invigorate Physical Therapy & Wellness, a 100% Parkinson's specialized practice in Austin, Texas. Her mission is to empower every client with a personalized Parkinson's Plan of Attack that restores confidence and clarity for the journey ahead.
She has always been fiercely passionate about helping others achieve the best version of themselves and she believes strongly in the ability of the human body to heal itself given the right tools. No two people – or journeys – are the same. She is here to empower you, motivate you and prepare you for each new step, so you can begin living life on your terms.
Sarah received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas State University in San Marcos, and her Parkinson's certification through PWR! Program. Now you'll find her in Austin hiking the greenbelt, kicking a soccer ball, or sharing a bottle of (organic, sulfate-free) wine with her husband, Matt.