Great core exercises for women
While the core does tend to be associated with the deep abdominal muscles in some minds, it also encompasses back muscles; in other words, the central core of muscles – front and back.
Our core muscles support the spine and help to keep us balanced and upright.
So how can we exercise our core into proper, healthy, non-protruding shape? Well, the good news is that there are loads of great exercises for our core and you can do pretty much all of them from home. No need to traipse off to the gym for these; you can work out in your own living room with minimal equipment.
Here are the best core exercises for women.
Your basic plank is still a worthy addition to any core routine simply because it works; so much so that there are now an equally useful bunch of variations on the basic plank – we’ll get to them next.
First, set yourself as if about to do a push-up, only in this instance, place your forearms on the ground, back straight. Now hold that pose for 10 to 20 seconds. Do 3 to start and build from there.
Two: Plank with shoulder taps
Start in a straight line push-up position and nicely balanced on your toes. Quickly bring your right hand up and tap your left shoulder, then place your hand back on the ground. Do the same on the left. Try 5 on each side to start and build from there.
Three: Plank with twist
From a push-up position, raise your right arm towards the ceiling and turn your head the same direction. Repeat on the other arm and do 5 on each side to start.
Four: V-sit crunch
Lay on your back with hands on the floor either side of your chest. Now bring your legs up so they are bent at 45 degrees above you. Extend your legs straight up, then back to the bent position. Do 5 to start and build from there.
Five: Hand to toes
Again, lay flat on your back, arms flat on the ground. Raise your right foot and tap it with your left hand, then back. Raise your left foot and tap it with your right hand, then back. Repeat 5 times on each side to start.