Consider this, every muscle in your body relies on your abs, hips, and lower back - the parts that make up your core.
Your core is your base – your center for better balance and stability. Standing core workouts and floor core workouts rely solely on body weight. But if you add a few simple items, you can diversify your workouts , where ever you are.
We've compiled a list of 6 basic items you'll need to sculpt your core.
Bosu Balance Trainer: A Bosu trainer is a half-ball, half-board that can be used for squats, pushups, sit-ups and lunges. Its design provides varied challenges for your muscles. For instance, look at how the trainer uses it in the video below.
Yoga Strap: A yoga strap is a non-elastic cotton or nylon strap – six feet or longer – that helps you position your body the right way during certain stretches or while doing an easier variation of a stretch. A towel will work just as well as a strap would in a pinch for your core workouts. In the video below, the trainer demonstrates how to use a yoga strap.
Workout Mat: Because some forms of core workouts require floor time, keep a non-slip, well padded mat handy. They also provide some cushioning so you do not cause yourself any discomfort as you sculpt your core.
Core exercises don't require specialized equipment or a gym membership – but if you can afford to, that's well and good!
Medicine Ball: If you are a newbie gym-goer, you've probably spotted one of these and wondered how on earth the gym floor has enough room for some hoops. In fact, there is no hoop anywhere! No young grasshopper, it's a medicine ball. They come in varying weights but a medicine ball that weighs 4-6 pounds is a good start for awesome core workouts.
Chair. You didn't hear it from me but don't let your chair fool you, it hides an unassuming greatness for core workouts! Unlock this power by watching the video below for great core strengthening tips.
Always remember to consult your doctor before starting any exercise
You. As we setup on the outset, your own body is a great tool you can use for your core workouts. Pushups, burpees, plank, plank-to-pushup, lunges, sit-ups. Really I could go on but let's focus on your core. Mountain climbers (no mountains involved , promise), make for an intense burn for your core. The basic plank might take some practice but this simple but challenging exercise targets the whole of your core. Once you get it down you just have to hold yourself in the proper position. You can find tons of workout videos on YouTube and get some great, visual how-to's. Here's one with plank variations to get you started you awesome you.
Always remember to consult your doctor before starting any exercise. It's also important to hydrate often so you can replenish your body and keep vital organs like your kidneys in top form. You can read more about why water is important for kidney health here.
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