How To Strengthen Your Core In 20 Minutes A Day
Years ago when I worked in Hospitality I had no idea what a Core Workout was or why I even needed it. I literally would lose my balance just walking for no reason at all. The Personal Trainer on staff told me my core was weak. Yes, I gave her the look that said , What do you know about my core lady?
Why You Need A Core Workout
She explained to me that your core needs to be strong for balance. Because it’s all connected. Core exercises train multiple muscles to work together from your lower back to the hips. This not only aids balance but strengthens your back, improves posture and stabilizes your entire body.
The honest truth is many overlook Core Exercises when working out and without core strength your chance of injury increase dramatically. This is something Athletes know all too well. Core exercises are pretty easy too, they are exercise moves that engage your stomach and back muscles.
Here are some Core Moves that are easy to do and only take 20 minutes a day with amazingly quick results
Lay on your back, arms extended for leverage. Tighten abs and raise hips off the floor until they are even with your knees and hold for at least 20 seconds.
Knee Fold Tuck
Sit up straight with bent knees, squeezing a ball or folded towel between knees. Lift and pull knees toward shoulders and slowly return to starting position.
This is a combo of the Superman and the plank. You start on all fours and extend one leg and opposite arm, keeping abs tight.
Feet are hip-width apart. Move torso all the way to one side while holding a light weight and keeping your lower body stationary, abs tight.
Lunge And Twist
Feet are hip- width apart again. Lunge forward and twist torso to each side.
Beginners should, of course, start slow but the goal is to do each exercise with 30 reps at least 3 times a week.
You can also add resistance to your workout by using a Bungee Cord which allows you more freedom of movement than hand weights do. The lower you hold the band during your Core Workout, the better the resistance will be. Another tip for the brave is standing on a folded towel, it makes your muscles work harder.
Next time you work out remember that you need to include a Core Workout for overall strength and balance.