I’ve been traveling this week, which can make sticking to a routine a bit tough. But not impossible and certainly not a valid excuse to get off track. The first few days of the #ckyogachallenge have gone smashingly, so I hope you’re enjoying it as much as Katie and I are. Yesterday kicked off Day 4 and began our Core Segment. Having had to travel and being in almost back to back meetings, I wasn’t able to write a blog post detailing the day’s Yoga Pose (Boat Pose) or talk about the crucial importance of hydration (yesterday’s nutritional tip). But, today’s a new day, so I’m getting a head start on my core!
So, beyond the six-pack abs strengthening your core with exercises such as Yoga improves your over-all health. How so? By strengthening the muscles surrounding your spine, you’re ensuring balance, better alignment and less likelihood to develop chronic back pain.
Today’s pose (Day 5) incorporates yesterday’s pose, Boat Pose, and adds the oblique muscles.
There are several different variations to the Yoga Crunch, so try a few different variations. Check out my Instagram post for one variation. If you have back problems, make sure your lower back is constantly supported here and if there is any pain, stop!
Today’s Nutritional Tip delves into tips that can help support a strong core (or gut). Chinese & Indian medicine focuses on the health of your gut – many of our ailments can be traced back to your gut! So, here are a few tips to help strengthen, heal, and maintain your gut health.
- One of your guts main jobs is to prevent foreign objects from getting digested into the body. Anything that the body can’t use or is considered harmful, will go straight out. If you’re having stomach issues, take note of what you’re eating (and what’s not serving your gut!)
- If you have gut issues, try to avoid beans and grains, as they are high in fiber and may be impacting your gut reaction. Stick to veggies, fruits, soups.
- Adding fermented foods (yogurt, kefir, miso, kimchi) can help with your probiotics. These help to regulate gut health, plus pull metals from the body. Win-win!
Your health begins in your gut, so be aware of what’s not making it feel great. Take care of yourself, your body and your well-being.
Happy Core Strengthening!