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How to Strengthen Your Core

Having a strong core is the key to being able to work out all other areas of your body and it is from the strength that you have through the center of your body that will make you feel strong and energetic. What we refer to as the core of you body is your abdominal muscles, your back muscles and your pelvis and these are the areas of your body which you need to strengthen in order to boost your overall fitness.

 

Building up your core is not easy but it will serve you well and if you want to strengthen your core, here are some ways in which you can do it.

Abdominal Crunch

Lay on your back and place your feet against the wall, bending your hips and knees to a 90 degree angle in the process.The next step is to raise you head and you shoulders off the ground and hold for three deep breaths. It is important that when you are carrying out this exercise that you avoid straining your neck muscles so make sure you move your head and your shoulders at the same time.

Bridge

A bridge is a great exercise to workout a combination of your core muscles and whilst it is easy to do, you will most definitely feel the burn. Lie on your back with your knees bent and raise your hips above the ground. As you are doing this it is important make sure that you avoid arching your back and that it is only your hips which leave the floor. Lift up as high as you can and hold this position for three breaths before repeating.

Segmental Rotation

This exercise is great to work out the small muscles in your core and it should be added to your core workout. Lie on your back with your knees bent together, make sure that your shoulders are flat on the floor and then allow your knees to fall slowly to the left, hold the position and then do the same on the right hand side.

Quadruped

This is a real core burning exercise which utilizes every one of the muscles groups within the core. Take to the floor on all fours and make sure that your body follows a single line from head, shoulders and knees. Raise your left arm off the floor and your right leg at the same time ensuring that you keep your abdominal muscles tight as you do it. Next you need to do exactly the same with you right arm and your left leg and hold for three breaths again. If you find this workout easy then you can try to lift your right arm and right leg and your left arm and left leg to really make this exercise burn and strengthen all of your core muscles.

Every time you workout your should start on your core and build from there, do this and you’ll find working out other areas of the body much simpler.

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