Absolute Ab-solution: 5 Easy Strengthening Exercises to Tone Your Core and Improve Your Health
Are you looking for exercises to help tone your core and get in better shape? Here are five easy strengthening exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home to help you get your core in shape and improve your overall health.
1. Plank Walk-Up and Down
This exercise engages your core, arms and legs. Start in a high plank position, with your hands slightly wider than your shoulders and your body in a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Lower your left forearm to the floor and do the same with the other arm. Hold for five seconds in the low plank position and then reverse the process, extending your arms and back into the high plank position. Do this 10x.
Start by laying on your back on the floor, hands in the air and legs in the air with a 90-degree angle with your knees. Extend your right leg and left arm until they are both parallel to the ground and hold for 3 seconds. Then return to the starting position and do the same with the opposite limbs. Do 12 reps.
3. Bicycle Crunches
Start in a sit-up position, with your hands behind your head and your feet on the ground. Bring your right elbow and left knee together and then twist to the other side with your left elbow and right knee. Alternating your opposite arms and legs will help you to engage your entire core. Complete 15 reps.
4. Mountain Climbers
Start in a high plank position, with your hands slightly wider than your shoulders and your feet together. Bring your right leg up to your chest and return to the starting position. Repeat with the left leg. Moving your legs back and forth until they hit both ankles quickly while engaging your core is key to this exercise. Do this for 20 seconds, taking 10 seconds almost twice.
5. Side Planks
Start in a side plank position, with your elbow directly below your shoulder and your feet stacked one on top of the other. Brace your core and hold for 30 seconds on each side. If this move is too difficult, drop your bottom knee down and hold for 30 seconds.
These five easy exercises will help you tone your core, strengthen your muscles and improve your overall health. With a consistent routine, you will start to see the results in no time. So let’s get to it!