What Is Stability?
I want to talk to you about is stability. Your body, to protect yourself, always seeks stability, meaning you have to be stable when you do things. You can’t let the joints move in ways that aren’t going to be safe for them. So putting it simply, the muscles are going to control the joints, which is going to help them stay stable, but you have to have good mechanics to do that also. The type of exercise or the type of muscle work that you’re going to use for that primarily is isometric contractions. What is an isometric contraction? If you’re old enough like I am to remember the old comic books where they sold these exercise courses in the back pages, they were isometrics.
Charles Atlas had a program and it consisted if you creating a force without muscle movement. So one of the most popular ones is just putting your hand together, pushing in towards each other for as hard as you could for six to 10 seconds then relaxing, and doing several sets of those. You can do that with all the joints, but it’s a very safe way to build muscle. It builds strength and stability around the joints. It’s called an isometric.
What I’d like to go over are some easy to do, at home isometrics for the lower half that you could do and incorporate into any other exercises you are doing, which can help you with functional activities like walking, running or stair climbing. Anything you’re going to be out doing, then this can help you for that and help give you a better chance of preventing injuries.
Check out our YouTube page where I will demonstrate three different exercises you can do at home to help improve your stability using isometric exercises. If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.