Your Core is an extremely important aspect of your Body as it consists of the important muscles within the midsection that act as stabilisers for the entire body. Strengthening your core will bring about many advantages such as a stronger feeling of one’s self bringing about a true sense of self control and confidence. It also has a direct impact on your posture and is a great way to cure any back pains you may have as well as help prevent them in future. Working on your core will also help improve your inner strength, balance and movement. It also provides a more toned look to the body which all of us dream of having. So, what are some of the core workouts? In the following we will be going through just a few.
Planking is where by you assume one position and hold it for a particular amount of time. There are many variations of the plank some harder than others. Planking is the most effective way to help build on your inner core, the reason for this is because the exercise works all your muscles together. What is meant by this is that a lot of other work outs will tend to target a specific muscle group only, working in isolation. Whereas the plank helps work muscles together bringing the body about as a whole. The exercise is an excellent starting point for beginners and will help you get comfortable with your body weight. One can then go about making the workout more challenging by changing the variation of the plank for example lifting one leg up whilst planking and holding that position.
Sit ups are ideal for especially working the abdominal area in order to help improve core strength within the mid-section of the body. Along with increasing core strength, sit ups will also help improve your posture and help your body gain flexibility and increase your body’s range of motion. The work out consists of contracting your abdominal muscles and hold the position for a number of seconds.
Leg raises are perfect for targeting the lower midsection muscles and really challenging that area of the body. They will also help increase the level of strength and flexibility of your lower back and hip section. Leg raises are carried out laying with your back on the floor with your body straight having your arms at your sides. Then begin lifting your legs to the till they are pointing towards the ceiling or as far up to that point you can. Then lowering them back down, although when lowering your legs try not to rest them on the floor rather have them just slightly hovering over the floor and lift up again. By not resting your legs on the floor you are keeping the targeted muscles under constant tension making your work out a lot more intense. One can then take this work out to the next level by performing hanging leg raises with the use of a pull up of some sort.
Chin ups if done correctly are extremely helpful when working on your body’s core, when doing chin ups posture is key and the ability to hold a proper form whilst carrying out the exercise. If done incorrectly you pose the risk of back injury or even worst. Be sure to carry out the appropriate research on the correct form for carrying out chin ups or in the comments section below let us know and we will create a separate article on how. Chin ups consist of the use of a bar, whereby you hang from a bar with your shoulders correctly spaced apart. Bending your elbows, you then pull yourself up until your chin reaches the height of the bar. Once done you then lower yourself slowly still keeping your muscles under tension back to the starting point and then repeat. Chin ups will help work your upper body strength as well as your arms.
Press ups are another wonderful and amazing exercise in order to help strengthen your body’s core, flexibility and balance. Again, with push ups your form and placement of arms is very important and will depict the muscle types you are targeting. Press ups when properly done will also help improve your posture as you are training your shoulders and back and building on the way in which they are able to support you when standing or sitting. They will also help prevent back injuries and work the entire body.
When starting any of the above please ensure you have the correct form. It is also crucial you take your time, don’t rush as you are more likely to cause an injury to yourself. Work at your own pace and improve progress gradually. Eventually some of the above will become easy to you through repetition and so continue to challenge yourself by changing the variation of your work out. Push your body to its limits and be consistent. Nothing is achieved overnight.