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How to Engage your Core and What that Really Means!

June 30, 2020

Yoga with SeniorsHave you ever been in a workout class or following along with a video and the instructor cues the group with, “engage your core,” and wondered exactly what that meant?

The core is not just the group of muscles that people refer to as the abdominals. The core includes the back, abdominals, buttock and pelvic floor muscles. So to activate or engage the core means that you’re tightening all those muscle groups at once.

Maintaining good core strength is beneficial to anyone and especially for seniors. Maintaining good core strength can decrease the risk for balance issues, falls, and aches and pains.

Why engage the Core?

Engaging the core during everyday movements and during your workouts can help decrease the risk for injury especially to the lower back and increase balance. By engaging the core on a regular basis, your body will feel more confident to move in any direction that it can. You will feel stronger and be able to safely handle more weight when lifting objects or performing a tough workout.

How do I know if I’m engaging my Core?

According to personal trainer, Jason Williams NASM, CPT, “When the core is properly engaged, you’ll feel a lift in the center of the body,” Williams says. “It will feel like an elongation in the spine.” He says to think about stretching from the pelvis all the way to the top of the head. Here are a few other cues to help you out:

  1. Sit up tall. Use your hands to feel your back and maybe even a mirror to check your posture. Shoulders will relax back and the back should be nice and flat but also have a slight curvature in at the lower back.
  2. Breathe from the diaphragm. Place your hands over your belly button and feel the rise as you inhale through your nose.
  3. Gently draw in lower abs. Move your hands from the belly to the lower abdominal region. Draw the muscles in and try to hold this position while you take a few breaths.

This exercise can be done in a chair, lying on the bed or standing up. In fact, it is great practice to perform this exercise in all three of those places because engaging the core should ultimately a habit for your body. Throughout the day, do a check in with your body and ask yourself, “Does my back feel any discomfort or pressure?” “Am I leaning forward to far?” “Is my abdominal region tightened or am I letting it hang out?” Once your body becomes familiar with this posture and position then overtime the core muscles will get stronger. If you are more of a visual learner,Click on this link to watch a YouTube video to follow along.


Core strength can offer many benefits to anyone but especially to seniors. When the core is engaged then balance is improved, movement is flexible, risk of injury is decreased and confidence is stronger. By feeling strong and stable in the core muscles the body can move better in all directions and maybe even make you think that you can do anything you want no matter the age!

Joint Flexibility and Ways to Maintain It

May 29, 2020

The aging process can sometimes be a hard road to navigate with changes that take place within the body and mind, but maintaining an active lifestyle is one way to help cope with these changes. Maintaining a regular routine of body movement can help keep muscles toned, your heart conditioned and joints flexible. Whether quarantine …Read More…

Protect your Mental Health during Stay Home Orders

May 1, 2020

The current challenge of COVID- 19 not only makes us carry extra pressures to observe our overall exposure to the disease but we must socially distance ourselves. Not to mention, living in a retirement community like Pisgah Valley, you may feel even more pressure at this time. That means we can’t be in the physical …Read More…

Not all heroes wear capes!

April 3, 2020

Pisgah Valley retirement Community is grateful to all those essential workers who continue to man the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. To all of the physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, administrative workers, housekeepers, maintenance technicians, community chefs and too many more to list, we appreciate the sacrifice you make each and every day for our …Read More…

The Ever-changing World of Recycling

March 13, 2020

Each year at Pisgah Valley Retirement Community, we host a recycling review for the independent residents. This topic is always highly attended with members of the community ready to fire off questions of can this be recycled and can that be recycled? Over time, this has become an annual presentation because the world of recycling …Read More…

Memory Loss and External Causes

March 2, 2020

Most think memory loss is a natural progression in the aging process but this is not always the case. External factors can be the main contributors to memory loss. Throughout life annual wellness checks require assessing data such as blood pressure, weight, height, heart rate and oxygen levels. Depending on your age, the specific data …Read More…

Introducing Ageless Grace at Pisgah Valley Retirement Community

January 20, 2020

It’s never too late to begin. It’s never too early to start! What if someone told you there is an exercise class that anyone of any age and physical ability could participate in? What if someone told you that this class would not only engage the body but also engage all five functions of the …Read More…

Wellness Trends in 2020 for All Ages

January 2, 2020

Society has become tired, stressed and full of anxiety. More people report burn out from work than ever before and we all want to find effective ways to increase our quality of life rather than work ourselves to the bones. No matter the age of the person, this shift in society has proven to have …Read More…

Bring more Spirituality to your Home Environment

December 4, 2019

In your daily life there is so much think about and do. And then there are the holidays… The holiday season is a magical time of the year so why not focus on the spiritual side of things and less on the stressful to do’s? One easy way to incorporate more spirituality in to your …Read More…

Diabetes Testing. What does it all mean?

November 1, 2019

November is diabetes awareness month and Pisgah Valley is always happy to share information about this disease that affects so many. Currently there are over 100 million people living with some type of diabetes in the United States according to a 2017 report by the CDC. Contrary to many people’s thoughts on diabetes, this disease …Read More…

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