When it comes to exercise people tend to focus on their upper and lower body strength, leaving their core workout to the side or as a small addition to their workout routine. However, without core strength you might find your workout lacking.
The core isn’t just your abdominals but also your hips, back and all other muscles in the midsection of your body. If you have a strong core you have better balance and stability improving your overall performance and giving you better results from your workouts.
If you’re not working out your core, then now’s the time to start. Find out what the best exercises are to build your core strength and get started today.
A classic exercise for a reason, the plank is a great move to help build strength in your core.
How? Face the ground and support yourself on your forearms and the ball of your feet. Your body should be parallel to the ground with your back and butt kept flat like a plank.
Hold this position, keeping your abs tight for as long as you can. We recommend starting with 30 seconds and increasing from there as you improve your strength.
This exercise is great for those who want to really feel the burn. Plus, you can easily increase the difficulty as you strengthen your core.
How? Sit on the floor, with your knees bent and your back tilted back in a v-sit position. Hold your arms out straight in front of your chest, with palms facing down. Start by twisting just your torso to the right as far as you can (you can tap the floor if you’d like), pause, then reverse movement and twist to the left.
For added resistance, hold a weighted ball while you twist. If you don’t have access to exercise equipment you can use any heavy object that you can easily hold for this movement.
The Dead Bug, although it sounds funny, is a great exercise to strengthen your core.
How? Lie flat on your back with your arms held out in front of you pointing to the ceiling. Then bring your legs up so your knees are bent at 90-degree angles.
Start by slowly lowering your right arm and left leg at the same time. Keep going until your arm and leg are just above the floor, then slowly return to the starting position and repeat with your opposite arm and leg.
Yes, another hilarious name but this exercise can do wonders for your core strength.
How? Get in position on your hands and knees with your back flat. Start by lifting your right leg and left arm at the same time, extending right leg to the rear and reaching forward with left arm. Hold this position and then repeat with opposite arm and leg.
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