Core workouts can help benefit your health in a number of ways. Find out how and start with these beginner or advanced exercises today.
A simple set of crunches or planks might not seem as if it does much, but building strong bones and muscles is vital to maintaining your overall health and well-being. These core workouts can help improve athletic performance, prevent injuries, and even help with rehabilitation from an injury.
And your core doesn’t just mean your abs. The core is made up of four main muscle groups called the transversus abdominis (lies under the oblique and rectus abdominals—“the six-pack muscle”), the multifidis (lies on either side of the spine and is necessary for posture), the diaphragm (primary muscle for breathing and to maintain pressure in the abdomen), and the pelvic floor (muscles that run from the tail bone to the front of the pelvis).
Each muscle group plays an important role in core strength. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there is a core workout for you below.
After you pick your level of intensity, start with three sets and work your way up based on your individual needs. Don’t forget to take breaks too!
Now that you’re all done with your core workouts, try these five moves to make your lower body stronger too!
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