Simple Exercises to Strengthen Your Core Muscles

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Hi, I'm Wendy Batts, one of your expert fitness professionals on Sharecare. I'm going to show you some great core exercises to do at home, or at the gym, and also perk up those gluts. We all hear that the core exercises are important to include in our workout, but do you really know the reason why? If I asked you, where's your core, could you answer?

Many people think that the core is your mid section which isn't necessary correct. If you removed your arms and legs, everything that's left is your core. It's extremely important to include core exercises in your workouts, because it's where all movement begins and when it's strong, it will help keep your spine in a safe position when moving, it also makes us more powerful, and aids in decreasing injuries to our lower backs.

There're approximately 29 muscles that make up the core. So let me show you a floor bridge that's also a great core exercise that you can do at home or at the gym. This exercise also targets your gluts, so it's a win-win. To begin, lay on the floor in a sit up position. Be sure to keep both feet pointed forward, your knees in line with your hip bones, and your belly button drawn in toward your spine.

From there, you want to lift your hips straight up into the air, until your body makes a straight line. If you feel this exercise in your hamstring, or the back of your legs, walk your feet in toward your booty until it's no longer the case. If you feel stress in your knees, do the opposite and walk your feet out.

Pause at the top of each wrap, and then slowly lower yourself back to the ground, and then repeat. Here's some other great core exercises that you can add into your workout. The opposite arm, opposite leg with the reach. Here you want to make sure to draw that belly button in towards your spine, and then try to lift your opposite arm and opposite leg at the same time without arching your back.

Side planes, make sure that your elbow that is touching the ground stays directly underneath your shoulder. Keep your belly button in tight, and let your hips off of the ground so that your hips make a straight line. And push-ups. Depending on your experience level, you can do a modified or the more common toe on the floor version, and as always, belly button in and squeeze that booty tight. I recommend doing these exercises at least 3-5 days a week, 2-3 times for 15 repetitions each.

Be sure to do this slowly, control your movement, and as always, there is no point in working your core if you're not going to have fun with it.