Terri Truman is a personal trainer, adventure traveller and long-time Berg Adventures climber. Whether you are touring the streets of Kathmandu, planning a day hike or attempting the summit of Mount Elbrus, Terri is here to help you make the most of your next adventure.
Back in Business
As we look forward to our next adventure, how many of us forget to train the muscles that keep us upright and functioning. When you pick up your pack and sling it over your shoulder to start your training regime, should we not look at the whole picture, starting with a strong core?
So many of us complain of back issues. It’s not normally just one thing or event that causes your back to “go out”. Usually, it’s years of poor posture, lack of flexibility or poor movement or exercise mechanics that leads to back trouble. How many of us are weekend warriors and try to cram as much fun into a weekend as possible?
Having a functional and stable core will allow your body to move efficiently. The key function of the abdominal and back musculature is not to create movement of the spine but rather to act as a stabilizing muscular force allowing you to maintain spinal and pelvic positioning. Keeping your abs and back muscles strong and functional allow you to move fluently when your body is asked to move. Whether you are moving across rocky, unstable terrain, crossing a rapidly flowing river or shouldering your pack for a long day of travel, having a solid foundation will help you stabilize your body for the journey.
So, as you look towards your next adventure or just picking up a bag of groceries, don’t forget to treat your back with all the care and respect it deserves.
Go on, get out there…