I’m a strong believer that the key to a healthy life starts with a strong core.
What exactly is your core? Your core is made up of all the muscles in your torso: abdominal, back and the muscles around your pelvis. Basically, every movement you do travels through your core muscles.
Having a strong core allows you to pick up groceries, plant your garden, or clean your house without back or neck pain. It also helps with your posture. A strong core helps you to stand up straight and look confident.
So, let’s take a look at my 4 go-to core strengthening exercises. You can thank me later.
This is a favorite in most yoga classes and while it may look easy, it is a FULL core workout.
• Start on all fours (hands and knees). Lower yourself down so that you are resting on your forearms. Stretch out your legs behind you.
• Make sure to align your head and neck with your back and place your shoulders directly above your elbows.
• Tighten your abdominal muscles and hold as long as you can!
2. Side Plank
This works the muscles along the side of your body.
• Lie on your right side. Raise yourself onto your right forearm. Place your right shoulder directly above your right elbow. Keep your shoulders, hips and knees in alignment and rest your left arm along the side of your body.
• Tighten your abdominal muscles and hold for several deep breaths. Then repeat on your left side.
3. The Bridge
The easiest and most basic core strengthener!
• Lie on your back with your knees bent. Keep your back in a neutral position and do not arch your back.
• Tighten your abdominal muscles. Then raise your hips off the floor until they are aligned with your knees and shoulders.
• Hold for several deep breaths. Lower to the ground and repeat.
This one is HARD…but gets easier the more you do it. It’s a great exercise to strengthen your lower back.
• Lie on the floor on your stomach. Place a rolled up towel under your hips to support your back. Tighten your abdominal muscles.
• Raise both arms at the same time. Hold for several breaths. Then raise both legs at the same time and hold for several breaths.
• Then try raising both arms and both legs at the same time. Hold for several breaths.
Core exercises are good for you!
So, while you’re doing your push ups, lunges, and sit-ups, try to incorporate some of these core exercises into your routine. You’ll see how your balance, stability and posture improve. #bigly