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Strengthening Your Core

girl doing some exercise; strengthening your coreYour core is your center of balance and strength for almost everything you do. Strengthening your core is easy with a few home exercises.

Your core muscles are a group of muscles running down the center of your body. These include your abdominal muscles, back muscles, and your pelvis. These core muscles work together to help you maintain balance, posture, and strength.

A strong core is good for your overall health, but it’s crucial to strengthen this muscle group if you suffer lower back pain. Working on your body can help you to improve your posture, which prevents aches and pains.

If you’re sporty, it’s wise to keep your core excellent and strong because a strong core muscle set is vital for athletic performance and prevents injuries.

Can I Strengthen My Core?

It’s easy to strengthen these important muscles with a few exercises you can try at home. They also have the added benefit of helping to tone your abdominal muscles, back, glutes, and legs.

Easy core strengthening moves

1. Yoga and Pilates

Yoga and Pilates-type exercises are trendy workout routines aimed toward building a solid and healthy core. You can find yoga and Pilates videos online, DVD, or even learn poses from books and magazines. These are easy to do from home, and most routines do not even require any equipment.

Pilates Moves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QURr_ujngCg

Yoga Moves: http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/6-yoga-poses-rock-solid-core

2. Planking

The Plank is a classic core strengthening move that’s fiendishly hard at first but gets easier with practice.

Planking is great for the whole body, from your arms down through your legs, and is thought to be better exercise for your abs than crunches.

Start by getting into a push-up position on the floor, but rest on your arms at 90-degree angles. Straighten your whole body out, through to your feet up on your toes. Use your core muscles to hold the position for as long as possible. Each day, keep the Plank pose for a few more seconds.

Here’s a tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz0oFaVGuh4

3. Balance ball

Using a balance ball helps you to focus on your core muscles when doing specific exercises. You can use a balance ball to do push-ups, crunches, and more. Even simply sitting on a balance ball instead of a chair helps you strengthen your core muscles during the day.

4. Bicycles

Starting in crunch position with your hands behind your ears, reach your elbow to the opposite knee, extending the other leg out. Repeat the motion, alternating sides and working your legs as if riding a bicycle. Continue the activity for an extended period, at least 30 seconds, before resting and then repeating.

Try to make time for a few core-strengthening sessions a week. This may sore your muscles in your first few days. We can help you relieve those aches, book a massage in your free time, and your whole body will thank you for it!

 

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