3 Ways To A Stronger Core
When you strengthen your core muscles, you form a strong support system for your spine, which may help prevent a sore lower back or help an achy one feel better. Strong core muscles may also boost your overall fitness, make everyday activities easier, and improve your balance.
When we think about working out our core, many of us limit ourselves to abdominal crunches. But there are plenty of other options! Here are three other core strength builders:
- Pelvic Tilts: Lie on your back with your knees bent. Tighten your abdominal muscles as you flatten your back against the floor. Your pelvis should tilt up slightly toward your rib cage. Hold this position for a few seconds. Slowly return to the start position - and repeat!
- Bridges: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your legs about hip-width apart. Keep your back in a neutral position, not arched or pressed onto the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Raise your hips off the floor until your hips, shoulders and knees are aligned. Hold this position and take a few slow, deep breaths. Return to the start position and repeat.
- Side Planks: Lie on your right side. Your right shoulder and elbow should be aligned. Rest your left arm on your side or on your hip. Tighten your abdominal muscles by raising your hip and upper body off the floor. Hold this position while taking a few deep breaths. Repeat on your left side.
Try incorporating these simple exercises part of your regular routine. Before you know it, you'll be increasing your repetitions and building more core muscle!