Many people misuse the term “core” and use it interchangeably with “abs.” However, even though this is a common practice in casual workout, it is definitely not entirely accurate, as the abs are actually a constituent part of the core.
The core is made up of the abdominal muscles, the inner abdominal muscles, the glutes, the hips, the pelvic floor, and the scapula.
Any type of exercise that involves the use of both abdominal and back muscles in coordinated manner is considered a core exercise. The performance of this type of exercises helps one build stability and improve their balance, as these exercises aim at strengthening the muscles in the lower back, pelvis, hips, and the abdominal muscles.
Core exercises will also help you improve your body posture, reduce low back pain, boost your athletic performance, as well as prevent a number of injuries.
This workout routine consists of three parts and you will need just 5 minutes to perform it.
- Exercise 1: Skyscrapers – 10 per side
- Exercise 2: Windshield Wipers – 10 per side
- Exercise 3: Army Crawls – 36 steps
This second workout routine will also take only 5 minutes of your time and it is made up of 4 exercises. Those of you who feel more ambitious and are ready to exercise longer, can perform the exercises twice.
- Exercise 1: Break-dancer – 15 per side
- Exercise 2: Skydiver – hold for 30 seconds
- Exercise: Dead Bug – 10 reps
- Exercise 4: Thread the Needle – 10 per side
Finally, this third workout routine consists of four, more demanding core exercises, and their performance will take 6 minutes.
- 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
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