Your core comprises the muscles in your abdomen, back, and pelvis, providing support and stability for your spine and pelvis. A strong core is essential for good posture, balance, and overall strength.
The plank is a great exercise for strengthening your core muscles. To do a plank, start in a push-up position with your arms extended and your hands shoulder-width apart.
Your body should form a straight line from your head to your heels. Engage your core muscles and hold this position for 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat the exercise for three to five sets.
Bicycle crunches target both the rectus abdominis and oblique muscles. To do this exercise, lie on your back with your hands behind your head and your knees bent.
Lift your head, shoulders, and feet off the ground. Bring your right elbow to your left knee while straightening your right leg. Then, switch sides, bringing your left elbow to your right knee while straightening your left leg. Continue this motion for 20-30 repetitions.
The dead bug exercise is another great core-strengthening exercise. Start by lying on your back with your arms extended toward the ceiling and your knees bent. Engage your core muscles and lift your feet off the ground, bending your knees at a 90-degree angle.
Lower your right arm and left leg toward the ground while pressing your lower back into the floor. Return to the starting position and repeat with the opposite arm and leg. Do 10-12 repetitions on each side for three to five sets.
Incorporating these three exercises into your workout routine can strengthen your core muscles and improve your overall stability, balance, and posture.