Have you ever payed attention to the commercials that run during sporting events? They are usually exercise or weight loss ads reminding you that it might be better to go out and play a sport rather than sit on your couch, filling yourself up with calories and watch people play sports. But that is beside the point. One common theme that I’ve been noticing on tv and also from people who I know work out religiously is core training.
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear core training is getting 300 Sparta abs (side note: they actually made a work out called Sparta now ). In actuality its more than just focusing one one part of your body. Here is a great definition I found:
“The “core” actually consists of many different muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso. These muscles stabilize the spine, pelvis and shoulder and provide a solid foundation for movement in the extremities. Core conditioning exercise programs need to target all these muscle groups to be effective. The muscles of the core make it possible to stand upright and move on two feet. These muscles help control movements, transfer energy, shift body weight and move in any direction. A strong core distributes the stresses of weight-bearing and protects the back.” (emphasis added)
The core muscles of our body stabilizes, provides a solid foundation for movement, make it possible to stand, help control movements, distributes stress, and protects! Looking at that I wonder why I go to the gym and simply do 30 min of cardio and then work on my chest and arms when my core should be the one getting trained the most. With out a strong core you just become someone with big arms, or a big chest, or big traps but when you strengthen your core you become stronger as a whole.
Now I ask, what about our core training for our spiritual lives? I will expand more on what I believe are important core trainings as followers of Christ in later post but for now I would love to hear what you believe should be part of core training.
What are the fundamentals in “spiritual core training” that will stabilize, provide a solid foundation for movement, make it possible to stand, help control movements, distributes stress, and protect?