If I had to pick one body part to work for the rest of my life it would be my core. No questions asked. You use your core 24/7, even moves that you don’t think you use your abs for, you do. The core can be one of the must frustrating muscles to work because you can’t gain that strength over night. It’s a constant challenge, but it’s so rewarding once you start to feel the difference and see positive changes in your movement. You will quickly see better balance throughout your day once you build that strength.
For the #SweatPink Holiday challenge, it’s time to talk favorite core moves. Here are my three favorite core moves that I have seen the quickest results with and can feel a huge difference in my core strength.
First up is the good old fashioned plank. You can never go wrong holding a plank. While in a plank, keep all your body parts align and stay stiff as a board, and hold. That’s it. You can’t poorly execute a plank if you keep your booty down and your abs in. Try to hold 10 seconds longer each day. Before you know it, you’ll be planking for minutes on end and not even breaking a sweat! 😉 😉
Here are a couple more of my favorite plank moves.
Second up, one of my favorite pilates moves – the teaser. Now this move requires some practice and some strength. However, with determination, you’ll be teasing in no time. You start laying flat on your back and then squeeze up using your entire core and hold then slowly lower back down. Repeat. It’s about that control and hold at the top. Don’t be frustrated if you can’t get this move right away, that balance at the top is a challenge!
Third move is mountain climbers. Because, well, they are a classic. Mountain climbers are great to work that lower core while also getting that heart rate up. Combining a heart pumping move with a core move is the perfect combo. I like to do a criss cross rather then straight up and down. That way, it works more of your obliques.