Do you remember Dr. Robert Atkins? Incase you don’t, he was a cardiologist who created the controversial Atkins Diet. He died in New York City, on his way to work, in April 2003. I always thought the way he died was ironic. The day after a spring snowfall, he slipped on an icy sidewalk, hit his head, and suffered severe head trauma. He died a few weeks later.
As a doctor, he should have known about strengthening the core muscles. A strong core can save your life. I know, because it saved me from having a very bad accident, and serious injury.
New York is a fast-paced city, and sometimes people do careless things. Like leaving trash bags on the sidewalk filled with leaky cans of oil. It was August, and I stepped out of a taxi cab in midtown. The oil slick on the pavement made my knees buckle, and my legs feel like rubber. I didn’t know what hit me, until I managed to gain my balance. And, believe me, it isn’t easy trying not to slide, when you’ve got a puddle of oil under both feet. This incident took only a few seconds. Had I not been strong, I could have been severely injured.
Just about everybody these days knows that core workouts are important, but it’s rarely mentioned as a lifesaver. As part of their exercise routine, all of my clients receive core strengthening exercises. Be sure to include this type of training in your routine, as well.
Information in this post is educational. It should not be used to replace medical advice from your physician, or other healthcare provider.
Copyright 2012 Irene Pastore, and Blue Moon Personal Training.