Core workouts may feel like a drag; after all they’re designed to strengthen and condition one’s body to build proper posture and in some cases, develop toned abdominal muscles. While getting a six-pack toned abs (or not) may depend on different people’s fitness choices, we still recommend these core exercises that you may insert into your fitness routine to improve your balance and reduce back pain.
These exercises take only eight minutes, quick enough to squeeze in any time of the day.
Begin with an all fours move by using both hands and knees in quadruped position. Extend your knees and shift weight to your upper body, then pull one closer to your shoulders. This simple move, which strengthens the abdomen and the back, is perfect for beginners to practice their balance, as it trains the body to get support from head to heel.
Knee catches require you to lie on your back with your arms forming a low V on both sides and lifting your knees to tabletop. This position, just like the all fours, is beginner friendly and is very convenient to do.
A reverse crunch can be challenging, but you can learn it in a few minutes. It requires you to lie on your back with your hands tucked under your bum while your knees are bent as you bring both up at a 90 degree angle. Once you get the hang of it, you can increase the difficulty by doing more. This exercise particularly targets your rectus abdominis and activates other muscles in your abdomen.
A core exercise isn’t complete without a plank. Since the position requires you to support your whole body in a straight line using your forearms and toes, it strengthens the abdominal muscle and spine, improving your posture and preventing back pains.
Work on each position for two minutes each and reap the benefits of speedy and effective exercises.