Core strengthening isn’t all about having a six-pack. If you can reach that milestone, that’s great. But it’s really about toning and conditioning your body to work at optimal performance and reduce the number of unnecessary aches. After all, the core abdominal muscles support the entire skeletal structure along with the spine. It’s the central pivot point to bend, pick up objects, twist, and maintain good posture.
You might read this and begrudgingly agree to insert twenty crunches into your workout routine, but doing crunches is outdated. Instead, try toning your midsection with these seven core-strengtheners!
- Knee Fold - This exercise is a bit like rowing. Sit in an L-shape on the floor with your legs out. Place a medicine ball between your knees and pull them in toward your chest, levitating your feet. At the same time, counterbalanced by stretching your arms out in front of you.
- Sit Climb - Sit again in an L-shape with your legs out in front of you. Sink back, curving your back slightly. Reach your arms up one at a time, pretending to grab a rope above you and pull downward towards your legs.
- Spiderman - Start in a push-up position. Lift one foot and bend your leg at the knee, folding it up toward your side but keeping it parallel to the floor. Return to the push-up position and repeat the climbing motion on the other side, as if scaling the side of a building on your floor.
- Side Crunch - Balance on one hand and a bent knee in a side plank position. Bend the knee that is not on the ground up toward your chest, staying balanced. After 10 reps, switch sides.
- Pike - Lay on your stomach across a yoga ball. Walk your hands forward on the floor, balancing your shins on the ball. Lift your hips up toward the ceiling so that your body bends in an upside-down V-shape. You may only be able to lift your hips a little. As long as you’re focused on using your abdominal muscles, it’ll make a big difference.
- Oblique Twist - Once again, sit on the floor in an L-position. Bend your knees with your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head. Then, extend one hand as you lift the leg on the opposite side, straightening it. Reach as if to touch your toes. Return to the first position and switch sides.
- Superman - Laying face down on the floor, extend your arms and legs as if you’re flying. Lift one arm and the opposite leg, holding the position with your core and lower back. Switch and hold several times, being sure to breathe.
Forget boring crunches! These seven exercises will keep your core workout fresh, interesting, and challenging. Even if you don’t form a six-pack, you will tone your midsection and help maintain full-body comfort and strength.Boost your fitness results with a weight loss ingredient like Super CitriMax®. Super CitriMax® is used in nutritional products to help you lose weight up to three times the amount of diet and exercise alone. Email InterHealth to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org.