1 CEC with Fitness Australia
1 CPD with NZ Reps
Practising balance is a fundamental component of core training that is more important for women across the lifespan. Pregnancy changes a woman’s centre of gravity, her mobility, her ability to balance, her feet (and more!12). Post birth, she often inhabits a different body to the one she lived in before. Often times, she experiences back pain, plantar fasciitis, and other niggles that didn’t bother her before. Balance training can help engage her core in a functional way. Women are also 1.5 to 2x more likely to experience a ligament injury than men, simply because Oestrogen keeps their ligaments long and supple3. On the plus side, women are generally more mobile, on the down side, they have to work harder at controlling their joints to prevent injury.
Loss of balance is the leading cause of falls in the elderly and 80% of falls happen at home45. If not practised, our balance deteriorates with age. Every year more than one in three people aged 65 years or older fall and this will only increase as the aged population grows6. This is of concern particularly for women, because the Oestrogen withdrawal during menopause means her ligaments and tendons will stiffen, once again changing her body, and forcing her to adapt78.
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