Today’s COREconnection: 7/8/2010

FITNESS FOCUS:  Chest Lift  While it may appear to look like a sit-up, this movement focuses on the upper abdominals, core stabilization, and incorporating breath with movement.  While practicing this move, deep focus on engaging the core with the breath is key to strengthening the targeted muscle groups.

  • Lie on your back with your legs bent and feet on the floor, legs hip width apart. Neutral spine with hips level, lengthening through the crown of the head.
  • On the inhale, draw your shoulder blades back and down, while keeping your ribcage and pelvis anchored to the floor.  Place the hands behind the head for support, but still keep the shoulders out of your ears..
  • On the exhale, nod the chin to the chest, gently rolling up to lift the head and shoulders of the mat.  Although you want to tuck the chin, try to still keep the neck long and the chest lifting up toward the ceiling.  The lower part of the shoulder-blade should be barely touching and elbows should stay out wide.  Remember to pull your navel to spine to imprint the back into the mat.
  • Inhale as you  hold this position.
  • Exhale as you roll back down slowly and with control returning to the starting position. Neutral spine, lengthening through the crown of the head.
  • Repeat movement 5-10 times.
  • FAITH FOCUS:  Often we do not focus during our daily lives.  We tend to go through the “motions” of the day without considering how these movements affect the overall spiritual core.  Like the chest lift which is a small, focused move, our daily small tasks can reap certain benefits or consequences.  Performing the chest lift without engaging the core with the breath can result in pain in the lower back and strain in the neck not to mention it will not work to strengthen the desired muscle group!  In order to reap the benefits of our life with Christ, we must focus on engaging our spiritual CORE with the BREATH of the Holy Spirit.  We must focus on His will for us daily, learn to listen to that Holy Spirit whisper guiding us in our movements.  When we place His Word in our heart, our CORE, we will be sure to move with stability as we practice His daily purpose for us.

    My son, pay attention to what I say;  listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart,  for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4: 20-23)

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