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Abdominal (core) strength training aids portion size control?

Something the two of us have been discussing today is the effect that having a well-trained and strong ‘core’ (specifically the abdominal wall) could have on the function of the digestive organs, and whether this effect could help in controlling portion size of the food we eat…?

Irina has been particularly good at developing a serious core strength over recent months, using many different exercising techniques (which we will be blogging about separately soon). Recently she has been noticing that she feels full from eating less food than previously was the case. I have also noticed that my portion sizes in general are smaller now than they were several years ago, as my fitness levels have increased.
So perhaps there is some link?

From researching online I can’t find a huge amount specifically on this subject.

Some things I’ve found relating to health benefits of abdominal strength training (by no means an exhaustive list!):

  • It improves overall stability;
  • Promotes good posture
  • Can reduce back pain / weakness
  • Improves breathing under increased effort
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Added protection of internal organs
  • Improves digestive function

These last two we find of great interest for this discussion… Read the rest of this entry »


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Daily Stretching

With increased running mileage comes a higher awareness of how the muscles are feeling. Since we’ve been running, we always warm up a little and have a gentle stretch of the key muscles before we start, followed by a deeper and longer stretch of these muscles after the run, when fully warmed up.

The morning after a long run I would wake up feeling a little stiff from the previous days endeavours, so we started stretching in the mornings, right after jumping out of bed.

Its been a revelation! Now after several more months, we stretch the major muscle groups every morning without fail, before doing anything else (well, except for maybe a pee! 😉 ). Obvious benefits we have seen are; increased flexibility, quicker recovery, better balance & stability and a better feeling of wellbeing each day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on 7 September, 2012 in Gym Work, Health & Wellbeing, Recovery, Running


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