Exercises that work your core muscles are all the rage these days, and that buzz is warranted for a lot of reasons. Your core is a complex set of muscles that goes way beyond your abs.
You use your core throughout the day. It serves an important role when you pick up your groceries, swing a tennis racket —and even sitting down at your desk. Yep, your core helps you keep a good posture while sitting down which protects your back.
Go into a tabletop position with your hands and knees on the ground. Slowly raise your left arm and right leg until they’re parallel with the floor. Hold for three to five seconds. Bring back down to neutral position. Switch sides, raising the opposite arm and leg.
Lie down on the ground and go into a pushup position with your elbows on the ground. Engage your core to keep your center straight and not sinking down. Hold for three to five seconds. Place your palms on the mat if you need extra support.
Lie down on the ground. Point your legs up in the air. Lift your torso off the ground and reach both arms toward your legs to form a ‘V’ shape with your body. Hold for three to five seconds. You can modify this workout by placing your fingers down on the mat.
Get into a tabletop position on your hands and knees. Use your toes to push your knees off the floor two to three inches, engaging your core. Hold for three to five seconds.
Lie down on your back with your feet placed on the ground close to your body. Use your hips and feet to push your back off the ground. Hold position for three to five seconds.
Lie down on your back with your legs up in the air and your arms pointed straight up. Slowly lower your left arm and right leg until they’re just above the floor and parallel to it. Hold for three to five seconds. Then, bring them back to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
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