Fit Friday: 5 Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

There are countless reasons you need to have a strong core and most have nothing to do with how you look in a bikini 😉 A strong core helps alleviate back pain, balance and stability, posture, form during exercise, child birth, the list goes on.

It isn’t difficult to work on strengthening your core and the best part is you can start today with no equipment needed

I’ve included five of my go-to core strengthening moves below and I recommend incorporating these into your daily exercise routine at least a few times a week.

Without further ado, here they are!divider

5 Exercises To Strengthen Your Core

Boat pose-raise legs into a V position with shoulders back, hands reaching straight forward as if trying to touch your toes. The idea is to keep our abdominals engaged and tight to keep you balanced.DSC_2447

Bridge toe taps-with finger tips facing forward, lift into bridge position with shoulders back and hips level. Slowly raise and lower each leg, one at a time being mindful to raise one leg at a time.

DSC_2453Leg raises-in chest lift position, with back flat on mat, imagine an orange is between your chin and chest and stare straight at your knees. With core engaged, lower legs that are glued together only as far as your back allows without losing your imprint.

DSC_2454Finger & toe reach-begin in a stable plank, belly pulled in and slowly raise opposite arm and leg in unison, being careful to reach both away from each other and keeping hips level.

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Russian twist-in boat position, legs lifted in table top, use weighted object (can do without) and reach arms long from side to side using your obliques.

DSC_2459dividerI hope you all have had a wonderful week and are ready for a little play and productivity this weekend. I am going to some studio learning sessions this weekend for Pilates and am very excited to share what I learn!

What favorite core exercises do you have? I’d love to hear 🙂

Love,

Megan

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