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Get in line.

When your body is not lined up properly, it makes all the muscles work overtime. Then, things start to become weak and hurt. It's hard to build a strong core when the muscles you want to strengthen are overworked and hurting.

So, how do you work on your alignment?

Stand up against a wall with feet about hip distance apart and 2-4 inches from the wall.

Check for 3 points on your body touching the wall:

  • Back of head
  • Mid back (below shoulders at broadest part of back)
  • Top of your glutes/lower back

If this is elusive to you, Mayo Clinic offers deeper explanation and pics here.

While you're there, engage the core from the glutes and pelvic floor all the way up to chest like we did yesterday. Feel the crown of your head reach toward the ceiling while keeping alignment. Do this five times.

While you do that, think about this verse in Ephesians 4:3 and the importance of alignment and unity, both in the body, and in your spirt. It says, "Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace." As we think about the muscles and bones united as one, we set up the perfect, peaceful structure for a healthy and strong core.


Next is Sit Properly. Go back to Day 1, 'Know Your Core.'