Yesterday, we talked about the importance of a strong core (midsection).
This part of the body tends to get neglected sometimes
Even though it is one of the most important of all the muscle groups
Because it supports and connects everything else.
In yesterday’s post, we looked at crunches, glute bridge, and flutter kicks. Today, let’s go over a few more simple core exercises:
- Planks: get into a pushup position but resting on your forearms instead of your hands (see illustration below). Hold your body in a straight line (no butt up in the air) for 30-60 seconds. Let yourself down to the floor and rest. Repeat 2 or 3 times. Work your way up to longer holds over time.
- Side planks: from regular plank position, turn onto one side, propping yourself up on one elbow and one foot, keeping your body in a straight line. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Turn to the other side and do the same.
- Bicycle crunch: Lay on your back, hands behind your head, lift feet and head/shoulders off the floor and pretend to pedal a bicycle with your feet in the air. Let your shoulders roll naturally from side to side as you pedal. Careful not to pull on your neck with your hands.
There ya go — three more core strengthening moves you can do at home!