Let’s Talk: Working Your Core

Today was the third #weekendwarrior workout with the UGL in Lawrence, KS and like before it was quite the workout. It involved partner exercises and worked almost exclusively on our core. You hear lots of people talking about having a strong core. But to actually build one takes a lot of time and effort. I’ve been doing cardio for almost two years and strength training for over a year and I still have a lot of work on my core.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have made a huge leap from where I was in the beginning. When I started I could not do a sit-up and could only do push ups with my knees on the ground. I’ve been able to do push ups now for quite some time. Today I was able to successfully do sit-ups. That surprised the hell out of me honestly. I also have a much better posture when walking and standing. You could call me the Hunchback of Notre Dame when I first started because my posture was so bad. Now I am more aware of my posture and fix it when I notice it is getting bad.

Working on my core and getting it stronger has done just as much for me as losing the weight for feeling better. I realize that losing weight makes you feel less exhausted. But if you have a week core and bad posture it can intensify the feeling. If you are taking the time to lose weight also take the time to build a stronger core. It sucks sometimes but worth it. My core is absolutely crushed from my workouts at the UGL but I know from experience that hurt is just helping me build a stronger me, from the inside out. You might not be able to flaunt your stronger core like you can your arms or legs, but make it a priority. Like all sturdy buildings, you start with a strong foundation. Make yours as strong as you can.

Have a great weekend and get after it!