Monday, July 16, 2012

Six Steps to a Stronger Core

After being pregnant with and giving birth to five children nothing about my body is the "way it used to be." If you're a mommy, you know what I'm talkin' about!  Fitness for me used to be all about physical results.  Now, it's all about how it makes me feel and function through a demanding day.  Exercising regularly helps me feel mentally and emotionally fit for the challenges of motherhood - the physical benefits are a side bonus.
To power through the long days of being on my feet, lifting and holding children, and to assist in my long runs, having a strong core is a great benefit. I'm not promising that it will take care of your muffin top - because I still have one (raise your hand if you love Spanx!!), but it will help ease your back pain, improve your posture, increase exercise endurance and give you a slimmer mid-section.

These are my favorite exercises, because they require no equipment and are simple and effective - a great starting point for anyone wanting to focus on core strength. Combine these moves with a cardio workout for even faster results.  Each video gives advice for proper posture, breathe and number of reps.

1.  Forearm Plank

2.  Side Plank
3.  Bridge With Leg Extention
4.  The Hundred
5.  Hip Circles
6.  Superman

1 comment:

  1. My goodness, and I complain about the toll that having one child has taken on my body, but five. Wow, you're an inspiration. I love your blog. I've been looking to link up with fellow runners. I'm a running newbie, and I need some tips. Especially since I'll be running my first 5k this fall.

    Btw, I'm your newest follower via the MMM blog hop. Feel free to swing by and drop me a few tips. I need all the help I can get.

    The Importance of Being Reese



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