What makes up your core? The core consists of your abdominal, back, and lower back regions. A strong and stable core is vital for good balance, proper posture, and injury prevention.
- You want a strong and stable core so it will help to stabilize the muscles involved with balance.
- As you grow older you want to keep a strong core so you can maintain proper posture. This is important especially the older you get. Back pain, neck pain, and several other forms of pain can result from not having a strong core which can result in poor posture over the years.
- Injury prevention is another amazing benefit of working the core. Of course not all injuries can be prevented, BUT most can be or at least the injury can be lessened.
- Below are some of the exercises you can do to strengthen your core. I recommend performing twenty to as many repetitions as you can for two to three sets and as often as you can.
TOP 10 CORE EXERCISES
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Bent Arm Side Bridge – Try 30 seconds on each side
Bicycle – the slower you go the harder it is
Roman Chair: Straight Leg Raise – Try 3 sets of 20, if you can do more, Great!!
Elbow Plank – Try holding for at least a minute. To make it harder raise one of your legs.
Straight Leg Raises w/ Hip Raise – Do this for a at least 1 minute and you will feel the burn.
Trunk Rotation With Medicine Ball and Feet Up – 3 sets of 15; using a weight does the same thing as a medicine ball if you can not get ahold of one. (works your love handles)
V Sit – my favorite!!
Side Bending On Hypertension Machine
Straight Leg Raises – try for about a minute
Double Crunch On Bench