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Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Core

Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Core

By: shultgren   April 27, 2017

Core training should be an important part of your workout routine. Not only does it strengthen your abdominal muscles, but it also promotes spine health.

Back pain is frequently linked to a weak core. When your abdominals are weak, it’s often because your back muscles are overly strong. Building your core muscles will help balance the front and back of your body.

Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, abdomen and hips to work together, which promote stability. This leads to better balance in your every day life and the playing field.

One benefit of core exercises is that they can be done anywhere. You don’t need a gym membership or any equipment in order to get a good core workout. The top three core exercises are planks, stability ball crunches and opposite arm leg raise toe touches.

In addition to exercises that specifically target your core, aerobic exercise like running or swimming should be part of any well-rounded fitness routine.

  1. Planks: Place your forearms on the ground with your elbows aligned below your shoulders and your arms parallel to the body at about shoulder-width distance. If keeping your palms flat hurt your wrists, clasp your hands together.
  2. Stability Ball Crunches: Sit on a large ball with your feel flat on the floor. Walk your feet forward, letting your entire back rest on the ball and keeping your thighs parallel to the floor.
  3. Opposite Arm and Leg Raise: Position yourself on your hands and knees while keeping your back straight. Exhale while raising one arm while simultaneously raising the opposite leg. Inhale as you lower your arm and leg back to your starting position. Repeat.




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