Core Strength and Posture
Our posture can say a lot about the health of our muscle functions. Poor posture is usually caused by a lack of core strength or muscular imbalance. This will lead to injuries and back pain and can quite often result in extended leave from work or doing the things we love to do, like surfing. Slouching and slumping are indications of this lack of core strength. A study found that slouching may even make you feel sad.
Once the preserve of athletes, the benefits of balance and stability training are slowly moving into the mainstream consciousness. This type of training improves postural strength, spinal stability and coordination.
Balance and stability training engages the muscles and fibres that we take for granted. These are the muscles that stop us from slouching when seated, that enable us to stay upright when we slip or tread on an unstable surface. The same muscles that also enable us to react unconsciously to a dynamic environment.
By training these muscles with the Rooboard we are training our unconscious mind to have faith in our body. To help us to have confidence in our movements and postural strength, regardless of how unstable our leisure or working environment is.
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Beating the Hot Desk Blues
Desk heights and office chairs can take time to get accustomed to. Sitting for long periods places a lot of stress on the spine. Fortunately our muscles, particularly the core muscles, will strengthen to support the spine.
Our muscle memory then takes over and most people will work pain free with their postural positioning being maintained unconsciously.
However, hot desking or flexible working can throw our muscle memory off. With our core muscles attuned to our normal or previous office set-up even a small change in desk height, screen height and chair type can cause discomfort, throbbing back or neck pain or even severe muscular injury. For those who have done little or no core strength training or haven’t used the correct equipment, this can be especially bad.
The exercises performed on the Rooboard for core strength and stability are also scalable. From seated exercises with very little physical exertion to high intensity interval workouts there is an exercise and routine for every requirement.