Simply put, core training means performing specific core training exercises to strengthen the seen and unseen muscles of your core.
Generally, when someone says "core", they are referring to your midsection or torso and all its related body parts - as in the area including the front, back and sides. The major muscles of the core area in the belly and the mid and lower back and peripherally include the hips, the shoulders ,and the neck. As such, core training exercises are sometimes called abdominal exercises.
What Are The Signs Of A Weak Core?
A weak core is actually quite common nowadays with how we spend most of our time. It is usually signified by the following:
- You get lower back pain whenever you sit or stand too long.
- You tend to slouch and have bad posture.
- You have bad balance and coordination.
- You have low overall endurance and suffer from shortness of breath when exerted.
- You sometimes feel as though your whole body is weaker than it should be.
Well, if this is such a common issue, how do we overcome this?
First, you need to admit that this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed and commit to a core training program. There are hundreds available on the. Our blog also covers a core training program, but you simply need to find one that works for you and commit to it without slipping back into bad habits.
In the meantime, you can try the following exercises and then try improving upon them with some of our readily available workout equipment.
Position your body the same way you would if you were going to do a push-up, on your hands and feet. Now, either stay on your hands with your arms straight or, bend your arms and prop on your elbows and forearms. In either case, hold this position for as long as possible. And make sure your body is straight. Try and work up to a minute as a start, then try and hold longer and longer each time.
2- Chair Crunches
Lie on your back on a soft surface like a mat or carpeted floor. Bend your knees at a 90-degree angle and prop your feet up on a chair. When this is done, raise your shoulders slightly and hold for a second or two, then release them back down. Repeat until you feel that slight burn in your core muscles.
3- Cat Stretch
Get down on the floor on your hands and knees on a padded surface. Arch your back and pull your stomach muscles in toward your spine and hold for 10 seconds minimum. Then bend your back down and push your stomach toward the floor, holding for 10 seconds again and repeat a few times both ways.
We hope these exercises proved too valuable you find the core training program that suits you best. Remember not to overexert yourself, and the key to progress is consistency.