What is core strength? I discovered how important it is the first time I tried to surf in Lima, Peru. I came to a quick realization and it was this: In order to have the ability to surf you must have a strong core. More about that story later.
First off, you need to understand what your core is. The core refers to the trunk of your body. The abdomen, obliques, glutes, mid and lower back. Many of these muscles are mostly unseen. They are a hidden muscle group.
The Importance of Your Core
So why are they so important? The only time you are not using your core muscle group is when you are laying on your back in a prone position. Otherwise, everything you do all day long requires your core.
Let’s look at two people. Both are heading into the ocean for the first time to surf. (This sounds vaguely familiar.) One person has a healthy strong core. The other has more of a Jelly Roll core. They both paddle out to catch a wave. They both seem to be paddling at the same rate of speed but one wanna-be surfer seems to be going straighter and faster than the other. The other wanna-be cannot keep his balance, is unstable and seems to be zig zagging his way out to surf. One surfer can balance with ease while sitting up on his board and waiting for a wave whereas the other never seems to be able to relax and regain his strength. After about 30-40 minutes of surfing he is spent, exhausted, cashed out and has to head back into shore!
It is obvious who has a stronger core. A strong core equals more energy and less fatigue to live life. Not to mention catching a killer wave, or dunking a basketball or making an ultimate drive while golfing. The more developed your core muscle group is, the greater your ability to perform an action.
Dads vs. Sons
Hey Dad, wanna compete with your son when he is a senior in high school? You better start strengthening your core now. It is the only way you can compete with the high levels of energy that your kids contain.
Core strength is vital when it comes to maintaining balance in your life. Balance is your ability to maintain a body’s position against pressure of movement. Without balance you will crash and burn. Literally. If you have no balance your body will come crashing to the ground.
Insanity Training Builds Balance
Insanity training is all about building balance. Shaun T knows how important balance is to building a strong core. The few minutes of stretching we do each week during insanity is key to building better balance. The greater your balance the more energy and less fatigue you will have each day. A good stretch each day is an investment into a balanced future. Cardio is key to maintaining balance. When we are fatigued we ask our fine muscle control to struggle to maintain repeated large body movements. This builds our core muscle with ability to maintain balance in any situation.
Maintaining Spiritual Balance
Maintaining physical balance is important. But nothing is more important that having a balanced spirit.
Psalms 33:4-5 says,
For God’s Word is solid to the core;
everything he makes is sound inside and out.
He loves it when everything fits,
when his world is in plumb-line true.
Earth is drenched
in God’s affectionate satisfaction.
God wants us to live a balanced life physically and spiritually. We’ve talked about how to have a solid strong core that helps you maintain physical balance. How about our spirits? How can we we live spiritually balanced lives?
What Goes In Matters
What you allow to enter your life will have an effect on your spiritual well being. What is going on in your head? Are past memories reminders of an unbalanced life. Are your thoughts continually leading you into situations which cause you to live a spiritually dead life? Do you believe the lies the world has told you that you will never be good enough? Your mind is only one area where you need to be vigilant.
Friends, actions and culture also have a way of dictating to us what type a person they believe we should become. Much of the time it is a unbalanced person.
Mark 12:29-31 says
“…The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”
Spiritual balance starts with love. Loving God with all of your life and loving others as yourself is the beginning of having an understanding of the type of spiritual and physical balance we all should maintain.
What is keeping you spiritually unbalanced? What do you do to keep your physical and spiritual balance? Let us know in the comments below.
BTW, Surfing in Lima, Peru was one of the most entertaining hours of my life. If you have a chance to surf, do it! Don’t be scared, throw life a knock out punch and tackle the challenge.