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By Jennie Delbridge, Peak of Wellbeing

One of the biggest desires people have is to improve the look and function of their core muscles.

Many have tried diets, personal trainers, pilates, detox programmes and the list goes on………

So why haven’t they been getting the results they so desperately want?
Because nice looking abdominal muscles and a functional core are dependent on many factors:

  1. Emotions
  2. Stress Levels
  3. The health of the internal organs
  4. Toxins, chemicals and additives in food and water
  5. The correct exercises
  6. How well your body is eliminating waste
  7. Diet
  8. Pregnancy
  9. Stability of the spine

So when clients come to us and tell us that they want flatter abdominal muscles, we sit down and explain how all of the above are contributing factors.

The usual response is “Wow! That’s a lot of factors, but I’m so happy because what I have been doing for the last 10 years hasn’t worked so far! If you had just given me a bunch of sit-ups yet again, I would have been disappointed! No wonder I haven’t been getting the results I wanted. I don’t feel so bad now!”

Exactly that!
Stress and Emotions
Very often worry, stress and fear get trapped in our abdominal muscles. We might experience this as butterflies in the tummy, a churning stomach before speaking at a public event or constipation/loose stools when we are worried about one of our children.

The key is to deal with all of the physical factors first. This is always the rule of thumb. Then we know how much mental emotional work we have to do. It’s super important to always rule out the physical first of all.

Practice these simple steps below for 3 months to detox your core:

  1. Drink filtered water daily. 0.033 x your body weight in kilos = no. of litres to drink daily.
  2. Eat Organic, Unprocessed foods daily. If it wasn’t here 10,000 years ago, don’t eat it daily!
  3. Move the body regularly, even if just for 5 minutes daily. Take the stairs instead of the lift, walk your kids to school, go for a walk at lunch time or park your car in the car park space furthest away from the office door/supermarket door.
  4. The ideal time to go to bed is 10.30pm. If you can’t achieve this, aim for 11pm to start.

If all of this sounds overwhelming and feels tough to achieve alone, join Duncan and I at our exciting new Peak Of Wellbeing group classes, starting in October.

Classes will be held on Monday and Thursday mornings in the Versoix area. Monday is the Core Detox Workout and Thursday is the Functional Velocity Back, Legs and Butt Workout!  Find out more at: http://peakofwellbeing.com/new-exercise-classes/

Author's bio

jennie-delbridge-peak-of-wellbeing webJennie Delbridge is one of the co founders of Peak Of Wellbeing.

She has been working professionally in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years as a Personal Trainer and Class Instructor, before she discovered Functional Medicine and the CHEK Institute.

As a CHEK Practitioner and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, she is able to identify the underlying problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. The key is to look at the body as a whole, focusing on seven simple Foundation Factors:

1    Eating
2    Breathing
3    Sleeping
4    Corrective Exercise for the Individual
5    Hydration
6    Stress Reduction
7    Thinking Patterns

She is passionate about helping others to achieve peak health and wellbeing and fulfill their own personal and professional goals.

Jennie works on a one to one basis and runs workshops, talks and seminars throughout Europe, including the UK.