Wellness Wednesday : Getting to the Core
After a few kids and multiple abdominal surgeries, I know that my abs are never going to look like the ones above. However, that's no reason to give up on a strong core! The core doesn't just include abs, but your hips and glutes as well, and it is responsible for much more than you realize...just wrench your back one good time, and you will quickly learn that every movement is tied to your core muscles. They make it possible to stand upright and move on two feet, and help control movements, transfer energy, shift body weight and move in any direction. A strong core distributes the stresses of weight-bearing and protects the back.
What Are the Best Core Exercises?Core exercises are most effective when they engage many muscles throughout the torso that cross several joints and work together to coordinate stability. Core muscles need to work as a unit, contract at the same time, across joints in order to stabilize the spine. Some of the best core exercises are simple body weight exercises, including the following.
Take it to the Next Level
Complete the 30-Day Ab Challenge. Be sure to do a before and after photo!