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The Core of the Matter – Part 2

This week we’ll look at the factors which effect your core strength. Your mental, physical and emotional well-being also come in to play.


Ninety percent of your success in the gym comes from what you eat. Processed foods such as sugar, wheat, gluten and dairy are big offenders. This can cause an imbalance in your gut and therefore effect digestion, nutritional uptake and abdominal wall function. In general a food intolerance can cause constipation or the opposite. As well, clients have also noticed skin problems. Adjusting your eating patterns accordingly may help.


When your body is in a state of stress, this elevates the level of the hormone called cortisol in your body. Consequently, inflammation tends to occur which can lead to joint pain and digestion problems. Those who carry emotional stress are noted to have increased muscular tension in their upper body such as in the shoulders and neck. There’s no question, when people are highly stressed, they tend to be very tight. It’s common for these individuals to have chronic neck problems and headaches.

Herniated disk (chronic back problems)

A herniated disk occurs when a spinal disk compresses a nerve. This refers pain into the hip and down the leg. This can also cause issues in the core, as it limits ones ability to bend. Depending on the severity of the herniation, clients can still be quite functional. Developing core strength is helpful but must be done with the utmost of care when dealing with chronic back pain.

These are typical factors which influence your core strength. Getting to the core of the matter takes time and patience.

All Fit All Ages Gym is located in the Food Basics Plaza, beside Coldwell Banker

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