Easy Exercises to Improve Your Core Strength

Core exercises are great because they target every muscle in your body except your arms and legs muscles. This includes the glutes, your hips, your abdominal muscles, your shoulders, and your scapula so you will basically be working on most of the muscles in one exercise. The complexity of the term doesn’t influence the complexity of the exercises as you can manage to improve your core strength through simple and easy to perform exercises like the ones below.

Crunches

We thought it would be appropriate to start with the most common type of core exercise that works your abdominal muscles. Crunches involve sitting on your back and lifting your upper body area from the ground by contracting your belly and a way to make them more efficient is to keep the legs 2 inches above the ground to make the tension on the abdomen even bigger.

Leg planks

To work the glutes, which are your butt muscles, you can try the leg planks that contract your abdomen as well. Sit in a plank position face down with your palms and toe tips on the ground and slightly lift one leg at a time and bring it towards your abdomen. Keep your back straight so your glutes will remain contracted and alternate each leg as if you were climbing a stair.

Extended crunch

To work your glutes and shoulder muscles, you can try this easy exercise that can become a part of your daily routine. Sit on your knees and palms and extend one hand to the front and the opposite leg to the back then bring them back next to your body. Make sure to keep your back in a straight line with the arm and leg as you extend them and repeat the same movement with the other leg and arm.

Sliding plank

This one is as fun as it is easy and it will help you work your core muscles to the fullest. It starts in a plank position with your palms on the ground and your toes on a towel that will easily move on the floor. It’s best to perform this core exercise on a tile or wood floor that will slide the towel. Slowly lift your hips and bring your legs towards your hands by sliding them on the floor.

Standing bicycl crunches

You can also try this exercise that targets your obliques and your glutes and it only takes a few minutes of your time. While standing, put your hands behind your head and slightly raise your knee while rotating your torso so the knee will touch the opposite elbow. Alternate both legs and repeat this exercise at least 30 times for each knee.