Although the term “core” is often used in the same manner with “abs”, there is a huge difference between the two. The abs are just abs while the core consists of abs, glutes, lower back, and the hips.
Anything that involves the use of the abdominal and back muscles in coordinated manner counts as a core exercise. Given that core exercises target the muscles in the pelvis, lower back, hips, and abdomen, they help improve balance and stability.
Apart from strengthening your abs and the benefits above, training your core also improves your posture, relieves low back pain, boosts your athletic performance, and protects you against various injuries.
This exercise routine involves three exercises and it takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
- Exercise #1: Skyscrapers – 10 per side
- Exercise #2: Windshield Wipers – 10 per side
- Exercise #3: Army Crawls – 36 steps
This workout consists of four exercises and it will take 5 minutes or less to complete. More ambitious individuals may try a second round of this circuit.
- Exercise #1: Breakdancer – 15 per side
- Exercise #2: Skydiver – Hold for 30 seconds
- Exercise #3: Dead Bug -10 reps
- Exercise #4: Thread the Needle – 10 per side
Ultimately, day three`s workout includes four challenging core exercises which will take 6 minutes to complete.
- Exercise #1: Crab kicks into Superman – 6 per side
- Exercise #2: Star leg raise – 10 per side
- Exercise #3: Side V-ups – 10 per side
- Exercise #4: Over/unders – 10 per side