Yes we would all love awesome looking abs – a six pack would be incredible wouldn’t it? I for one would love my bikini body back after having two kids!
While many people want to work on their core strength mainly to look great, having a strong core has many health benefits that are hard to ignore.
Your core protects your central nervous system and all your internal organs. Having a strong core will make you less prone to physical injuries. You will also have better posture and be less likely to suffer from back pain.
If you are wanting to get fit and healthy it is important to focus on cardio exercises that will get your heart pumping, as well as exercises that will build your body’s core strength.
It is important to remember that while it is quite easy to strengthen certain muscles and tone parts of your body, it is not so easy to target fat loss in specific places. Weight loss will happen when you start eating well and exercising regularly.
Building core stability and strength should be high on your list of priorities when it comes to your health, here are some effective ways for your to strengthen your core from home:
Crunches for Core Strength
Whenever I think of working my abs or core strength the first thing that comes to mind is doing crunches. They are a really effective way to work your abdominal muscles to build core strength. While doing crunches won’t necessarily help you to lose weight or burn belly fat they certainly will help to strengthen your body’s core. The only way to really burn fat is through healthy eating and regular cardio exercise. Once you have lost the weight crunches will help to strengthen, tone and flatten your stomach.
There is no need to just stick to the classic crunch, there are lots of variations to make the exercise more fun and effective.
Planking Your Way To Core Strength
Planking is a classic exercise for core strength that is highly effective. If you are new to the plank exercise then it may be really hard to start off with. You can also add different variations of this exercise to build more strength and to make it more fun and enjoyable.
Planking is not just good for your core, it also comes with many other benefits including boosting your metabolism, improving coordination, increasing flexibility and reducing the risk of back and spinal injury.
Yoga Exercises For Core Strengthening
Yoga is a very popular form of exercise for women and it isn’t hard to see why! Yoga is fun and relaxing, as well as a great form of exercise.
Yoga routines that engage the stomach and thigh areas are great for strengthening your core. Better yet, many of these moves also have other benefits, specifically, helping you strengthen your back and relieve back pain. They can be done at home, outside, or even in the office. You can even combine yoga with a good balance ball chair to engage your core as you sit!
Pilates To Strengthen Your Core
Yoga and Pilates are very similar but Yoga flows from one position to the next and the focus is very much on relaxation and bringing the mind, body and spirit together. Yoga is done on a mat, while Pilates is mostly performed on a mat, but can also include exercise machines. Pilates works the entire body as well as the mind.
Just like Yoga, Pilates is excellent for building your cores strength. Pilates also has many other health benefits including improved balance and coordination, increased flexibility, safe rehabilitation for spinal injuries and joints, improved lung capacity and circulation, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries due to muscle imbalances and balanced muscular strength.
Pilates was introduced by Joseph Pilates (a fitness instructor) 1920 to help injured dancer and athletes return to exercise safely and to maintain their fitness. It has since been adapted into the Pilates we know today for the general public.
Superman Back Exercises
Most core exercises focus on the front of the core and it is important to also work on the posterior side of your core too. To work on the back of your core lie flat on your stomach with your arms stretched out like you are flying like a plane. Keep your legs straight out and close together. Stretch your neck out.
Then lift your arms and legs off the ground and pause for a while before lowering them again. Repeat this 10 times.
Mix It Up
There are loads of fitness instructors on Youtube that publish exercise videos that you can follow from home, very often they have taken a number of different types or core exercises and mixed them together to create the ultimate core workouts.
There are also some really good HIIT workouts that have cardio mixed in with some core strengthening exercises for some great full body workouts.
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