Is Stability Training Dumb?
The question whether or not stability training is dumb or not depends on your perspective. If you are someone who believes that strength training is good for your health then it’s probably not a bad idea to do some kind of exercise. However, if you believe that strength training will only make you stronger, but won’t improve your overall physical condition, then it might be better to avoid them altogether.
Stability training is a type of exercise that involves performing certain kinds of exercises while keeping your body still. Some people think that this type of exercise is useless because they don’t want to train their bodies at all. They just want to stay healthy and keep themselves from getting injured. Others believe that such exercises are useful for improving flexibility, balance, coordination, endurance and power.
Still others believe that these types of exercises may even have positive effects on mental well being and mood.
Some people believe that stability training exercises are beneficial for preventing injuries. For example, if you were to perform a squat without any sort of support, you would most likely get hurt very quickly. On the other hand, if you had some sort of stabilizing device like a chair or bench behind your back during your squats, then it is possible that you could maintain proper form and not injure yourself as much when doing squats with weights. The main thing to remember is that your body already has an amazing capacity to adapt to the types of exercise you do with or without equipment.
The key to remember with any exercise program is that if you don’t challenge yourself, then you probably won’t see many benefits at all. But, if you take it too far, then you are likely to get hurt in the process. This is why you should start out slow with your exercise program and gradually increase the difficulty as you get stronger. It’s also important to maintain proper form when performing the exercises and make sure that you are not overdoing it in the process.
Exercise with a group for better support and motivation: Many people find it easier to stick with an exercise routine when they have the support of others. It helps to have someone with whom you can share your experiences, as well as someone with whom you can talk when you’re feeling discouraged. Joining a class gives you that opportunity.
Research also shows that people who work out with a group tend to stick with their program longer than those who don’t, so think about training with a friend or joining your local gym.
Stability Training: Dumb Or Just Misunderstood?”
Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to how the body works and what is good for it. Everything in life is a trade-off: something is good for you, but only in moderation; something else isn’t so good for you, but even small amounts are fine every once in a while. The trick is knowing what is good or bad for you, and then making the best decisions. The key is that there really aren’t any short cuts when it comes to health.
When it comes to strength training, some people swear by it while others refuse to ever set foot in a weight room. For those who are not familiar with the activity, strength training is a type of physical exercise where you push or pull against a heavy resistance with the goal of building muscle. This could mean lifting free weights like barbells and dumbbells or pushing or pulling some type of machine. Athletes use strength training in order to become stronger and better at their sport, while others see it as a way to increase their metabolism, lose weight and build muscle.
Most people consider activities like lifting weights to be dangerous and harmful to the body. They believe that it can cause severe muscle and bone injuries, as well as lead to joint problems in the future. There is even a common misconception that building muscle will also build fat which can lead to obesity. While there is some truth to all of these claims, proper training, nutrition and rest can actually prevent these problems.
Today’s society seems to be moving more towards strength training for a number of reasons. Many people find that by increasing their muscle mass, their bodies are actually becoming leaner and more defined. Strength training has also been proven to increase your metabolism which means you will burn more calories at rest, as well as increase your endurance during activity. It can also help alleviate back pain and improve body composition.
So what are you waiting for?
It’s time to build some muscle!
Strengthen your core: In order to support the muscles you develop when weight training, it is important to make your core stronger as well. Your core includes all of your abdominal muscles as well as your back. Many people skip crunches and other ab workouts because they’re too boring or don’t see the need. This is a common misconception since your core is involved in almost every physical activity.
By making it stronger, you will improve your posture and develop better posture habits as well as decrease your chance of back pain and injury when lifting weights.
Don’t worry, core training doesn’t have to be boring! There are many exercises you can do to strengthen your core. Here are a few of them:
Bridges: Lay on your back and bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the ground. Put your arms out to the side and keep your abs tight. Lift your hips up and backwards while keeping your back flat (no cheating by using your neck!).
Push up until you’re kneeling and repeat.
Planks: Get into a push-up position with your forearms on the floor and your hands directly under your shoulders. Keep your back straight and don’t let it sag or poke out. Hold this position for as long as you can and try to work up to 60 seconds.
Rotational Ab Work: This exercise is similar to planks but with a twist! Get into plank position and brace your abs as before. Now, bring one arm back while twisting your body to look over your shoulder. Hold this position for a moment and then switch arms/ shoulders.
Step Ups: Stand with your left side next to a step (or books, or anything that’s about knee height for you). Put your left foot on top of the step and then push up until your foot is no longer on the ground. Bring it back down and repeat with your right foot. Do all your reps on one side and then switch to the other.
Bicycles: Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air. Keep your abs tight and rotate your legs from the hip, touching your right knee to the left side of your chest and then bringing it back down. Do the same with the left knee touching the right side of your chest and then both knees coming together in the middle.
Remember, these are just a few suggestions for you to try. You can create all kinds of core workouts with different exercises and different amounts of time to work each muscle group. The most important part is that you’re challenging yourself.
So find some good music, put on your workout clothes, grab a water bottle and get ready to burn some calories!
You can also find some additional workouts on my Pinterest Workout Board!
If you want more after that, start including some weight training into your routine 2-3 times a week (or however often you like). You can use some of the free weights at the gym, use canned goods or other things for resistance, or use your own body weight to strengthen muscles.
Some good resource for this are:
For more ideas, take a look at my Pinterest Weight Training Board.
More to come soon!
This is the time to start thinking about your birth plan because you will have several decisions to make as your due date gets closer. You will certainly want your doctor(s) and midwife (and whoever else may be involved such as a nurse or anyone who can cut the umbilical cord) to be on board with your choices before you go into labor, so be sure to have all of those discussions before then.
There is a whole book written on just this topic, so I won’t go into too much detail here. (You can get this book at the library or buy it used on Amazon).
How was your pregnancy so far? Are you feeling pretty good? Having a few aches and pains now and then, but nothing too out of the ordinary? Or are you feeling so sick that you can’t keep anything down and are constantly exhausted?
Either way is fine. This is just what you and your body are doing and the coming months will be no different (as long as you’re taking good care of yourself, that is).
One thing to keep in mind is that this is the last trimester. Just one more month to go! If you can just get through this, you’ll be able to meet your baby soon. Just think about that and take one day (or even one hour or one minute!) at a time.
I know it’s hard to keep your mind off of the big event, but don’t try to rush it. Things will happen in their own time.
As far as the actual process of going into labor and giving birth, there are several ways you can go about this. Again, you can have as much (or as little) input on this as you want to.
The first thing you have to do is choose a caregiver. Since you’ll be having this baby at home, you will need someone with experience to be there with you. This person is called a midwife (or a doctor, if you prefer). While midwives are most often used in home births, they aren’t required.
Some women prefer to use an obstetrician for the entire process and that’s fine if that’s what you want to do.
For your midwife, you have a few options. You can try to find someone locally and then interview them to see if you like them and they seem competent. This may take some searching and asking people you know for recommendations. You can also look online for a midwife.
The American College of OB/GYNs has a website where you can search for one in your area.
Another option is to get a midwife from abroad. The Childbirth and Birthing in America website has information on this, as well as the pros and cons of having a midwife versus a doctor.
The last option is to have a certified nurse midwife (CNM) or a certified midwife associate (CMA). They can practice in all fifty states and don’t have to have a mesonate’s degree. They are required to have a minimum of a two-year associates degree and must pass a certification exam in order to practice. Another thing you should know is that CNMs can prescribe medicine, but CMAs cannot.
No matter which one you choose to have, make sure you feel comfortable with them. Don’t be afraid to interview them and ask questions. It’s your body and your birth, so only you can decide what you want and don’t want.
When it comes to the actual birth, there are a few things you can do to speed things along or make the process a little easier. The first thing you can do is walk. Yes, it may seem like you’re always tired, but taking a brisk walk can actually help bring on contractions. Just make sure you’re not straining yourself.
Another thing you can do is have your partner or someone massage your back and the lower portion of your abdomen. Again, this can help bring on the contractions. As for positions to labor in, whatever is most comfortable for you is best. Just make sure you’re not stressing yourself out or getting too tired.
Now, when it actually comes to pushing, there are two things you can do to make this easier: use a birthing bar and use an epidural.
A birthing bar is a device that you put in your mouth to allow you to open it further. This helps when the time comes to push because you won’t have to fight the pain and you can just concentrate on pushing instead.
An epidural can numb the pain of pushing so you can focus more on the actual task. There are some side effects, but most women who have them don’t experience them and even if they do, they’re still worth it. The most common side effect is a drop in your blood pressure.
Both of these are completely up to you and whatever you choose is fine. All that matters is that baby is healthy and ready to meet the world!
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Improvement in dumb-bells by US Patent 113,966, 1871 – Google Patents
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Naming in young children: A dumb attentional mechanism? by LB Smith, SS Jones, B Landau – Cognition, 1996 – Elsevier
Dumb and dumber: The impact of downsizing on firm performance as moderated by industry conditions by JP Guthrie, DK Datta – Organization Science, 2008 – pubsonline.informs.org