Quite a few people are buzzing about core strengthening exercises these days.
But what is the core?
And, how does the core affect your overall health?
Even though some people have a decent understanding of the concept of the core…
Not many people know how to effectively train it.
I’m going to break it down today and give you some actionable steps to help strengthen your core today.
Before You Do Core Strengthening Exercises…What is the Core?
…also known as the trunk…
…is all the major muscles that move, support and stabilize your spine.
The entire abdominal area from the front of your body…
Wrapping all the way around to the back comprises the core.
Also, the small muscles along the spinal column that aid in stabilizing and keeping your body upright are part of the core.
What the Core Does
The core muscles help you:
- Bend forward
- Stand up straight
- Bend backward and sideways
- Draw your stomach in
- Stabilize your spine during any movement.
The overall development of your core determines what you can accomplish in your workouts.
Do you want the simplest of core strengthening exercises?
How about an exercise that most anyone can do?
Then, you’ll want to consider your posture as one of the best, most functional exercises you can ever do.
Maintaining Good Posture
- From a seated position, scoot your butt into the back of the chair.
- Push your belly button forward while arching the low back.
- Pop your chest forward and squeeze your shoulder blades back.
- Lift up your head and tuck your chin slightly down to your chest.
For some people, this exercise is simple.
However, quite a few people find keeping good posture a challenge.
- Start by getting into position and holding for 10 seconds.
- Then, release your posture back to your normal position for a few seconds.
- Repeat this exercise 10 to 20 times.
- You may break a small sweat doing this movement.
When You Can Do This Core Strengthening Exercise
Use this core strengthening exercise anywhere…
At any time…
And any day of the week!
You may experience slight discomfort going into this position. However, you should never feel pain when doing it. If you ever feel any sharp pain when doing this movement, stop immediately and seek a medical professionals advice on your condition.
However, you should never feel pain when doing it.
Try this core strengthening exercise right now.
Once you do it, let me know how you did.
Was it tough? Or, easy?
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1 Delaney, Bindi. (2013, October 11). Muscles of the Core. Retrieved from http://www.acefitness.org/blog/3562/muscles-of-the-core
You should consult a qualified medical professional before starting this or any other health & fitness program. As with any exercise or diet program, at any time you if experience any discomfort, pain or duress of any sort, stop immediately and consult your physician. The creators, producers, participants, advertisers and distributors of this program disclaim any liabilities or losses in connection with the exercises or advice within this blog. Thoroughly inspect any equipment or workout area as free of danger, flaw or compromise, ahead of use. The user assumes all responsibility when performing any movements contained in this blog.
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