4 WEEK CORE CHALLENGE!

 

Staying in shape alongside all the work and home obligations, the stress and tensions from our day-to-day activities is really hard. Most of us tend place physical activity at the last place on our to-do list, which is completely wrong.

Staying physically active is very important and especially if we consider the stressful lives we all lead. We need to pay more attention to ourselves and don’t allow our busy schedules get in the way of our health and overall well-being.

Starting a new fitness routine is always difficult, but only at the beginning, until you get used to it, after a while it will become an indispensable part of your everyday life.

CORE CHALLENE

Crunches

Lie flat on the floor with the lower back pressed into the ground. Place your hands slightly either side of your head, do not lock your fingers or pull the head up. Lift your knees to a 45 degree angle. Slowly go through a bicycle pedal motion with the legs. Alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knee twisting back and forth through the core, keep the elbows back rather than forward to the chest as this could strain the neck

Plank

Lie with your stomach down.  Bend your elbows to a  90 degrees angle. Your body should be flat while you support your body on your forearms and toes. Keep your abs tight. Trying to balance with your assembled feet will increase the abs muscle pressure. Keep your legs tight and straight. The lower body muscles are activated as well. Your back should be straight as well as the rest of your body. Bring the stomach in, but don’t stop breathing. Keep your elbows under the shoulders

Bicycle crunch

Lie flat on the floor with the lower back pressed into the ground. Place your hands slightly either side of your head. Lift your knees to a 45 degree angle. Slowly go through a bicycle pedal motion with the legs. Alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knee twisting back and forth.

Leg Raise

Lie on your back on an exercise mat (or soft ground). Wedge your hands under your butt. Slightly raise your shoulders and feet off the floor (keep a slight bend in your knees) – that’s the starting position. Using your abs, raise your legs to approx. 30 degrees. Keep the rest of your body steady. Then slowly lower your legs back to the starting position (don’t let them touch the floor). Repeat until you complete your reps

Supermans

You might have done this exercise before. It consist of you lying on the floor with your stomach toward the floor, raise your arms and legs out like superman. Many children love this pose but it’s a lot harder as you grow older. This exercise strengthens your chest, shoulders, arms, lower back and core. This is a better exercise than crunches and also help improve posture.

Knee to Elbow Plank

Begin in a forearm plank position with your body in a straight line and abdominals contracted.  Step your left foot out to the left. Step your right foot out to the right.  Step your left foot back to center. Step your right foot back to center. Repeat for desired number of reps then repeat leading with the right foot

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