Health Shoes have benefits for Health, Fitness and Therapeutic Symptom
a hard time lugging those groceries up the stairs? Feeling a bit
wobbly when you get in and out of the shower? If you're slowly
losing your Balance and coordination, don't be
surprised. It happens to all of us as we get older. But the latest
fitness trend sweeping health clubs across the country just may
help you keep your feet on the ground -- literally.
Balance, or core training, is not new, says Kevin Steele, PhD, an
exercise physiologist and vice president of sports and marketing
for 24 Hour Fitness, headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. "Physical
therapists and athletic trainers have used these techniques for years." Now,
though, gym rats everywhere are bouncing and wobbling their way to
a stronger "core" -- as the muscles that surround your
trunk are called. Without strong trunk muscles, you're more likely
to suffer from chronic back pain, lose your balance and fall, or
be more prone to injury when doing other workout routines.
"Your core is the essence of everything you do, from your day-to-day
activities, to your athletic pursuits," says Steven Ehasz, MES,
CSCS, exercise physiologist and wellness coordinator for the University
of Maryland Medical System. "It doesn't matter how strong your arms
and legs are if the muscles they're attached to aren't equally as strong."
A strong core is also responsible for your sense of balance. "Balance
not only requires equilibrium, but also good stability of the core muscles
and the joints, particularly the hip, knee, and ankle," says Leigh
Crews, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. There are several
ways to address balance and stability training, says Crews, including
balance boards, stability balls, the Reebok Core Board, Bosu (which stands
for "both sides up") balls, as well as yoga, and other forms
of mind-body training and martial arts, such as Pilates and tai chi.
Maintaining one's balance (or equilibrium, physical stability, or steadiness),
is primarily coordinated by three systems. The first is the vestibular
or auditory system, located in the inner ear, which acts like a "carpenter's
balance" to keep you level. The second balance coordinator is the
proprioceptive system, which uses sensory nerves called proprioceptors
that are located in the muscles, tendons, and joints. They give signals
to the central nervous system, which gives you a kinesthetic sense, or
an awareness of your body posture and spatial awareness. And finally,
there is the visual system, which sends visual signals from the eyes
to the brain about your body's position in relation to its surroundings.
Your balance may be off, for a number of reasons, including illness,
injury, poor posture, muscle imbalances, or a weak core.
The popularity of balance or core training can be seen in health clubs
across the country, says Bill Howland, director of research for the International
Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association in Boston. "The majority
of clubs and fitness centers now offer some form of balance training," says
Howland, who reiterates that the idea behind this activity is not new,
but like yoga, seems to have found a new popularity.
Orthotebb Health Shoes increases your sense of balance by building
muscle tone in the thighs, hips, legs, abdomen and lower back.
Orthotebb Health Shoes are a combination of a walking stair master
and BOSU ball. Your inner core is strengthened and as it and posture
improve, balance is naturally and progressively improved.