We all desire to have the lean hour glass shaped body, but fitting a routine workout into our busy schedules always seems so challenging. Right ladies? Yet, we can’t make excuses when it comes to fitness. No matter how busy we are, we have to stay in great shape and good health. Take working out as paying insurance but for your body. As challenging as it is, you need to make time for exercise, just add it to your daily checklist!
Training your core is about so much more than getting toned abs. Your core is responsible for helping you function on a day-to-day basis—things like allowing you to sit, stand, walk and more. It gives better balance and stability. Creative exercise regimens can be a great help when you just want to skip your trip to the gym. People from different walks of life are stuck in this dilemma, especially working women who frequently have to ask the question “When do I workout? I simply just don’t have the time.” The unpopular fact is, you actually do! There are some basic strategies you can use to get your muscles working and your heart pumping to achieve a well-toned body.
We’ve created a list of the top 6 core exercises to fit in their daily routine to make the most of their exercise time.
Best Core Exercises For Strong Abs
1. Single-Arm Press
- Stand with feet hip-width apart and hold a dumbbell in your left hand.
- Extend your right arm out to your side at a 45-degree angle from your body while you rack the dumbbell on right shoulder. This is your starting position.
- Brace your core and begin to raise the weight overhead, keeping your bicep close to your ear and palm facing toward you.
- Return to start. That’s one rep. Continue for 10 reps on each side.
2. Side Plank
- Lay on your side with your right forearm flat on the floor, elbow under your shoulder, and both legs extended, forming a straight line from your head to your feet. (Feet can either be staggered for more stability, or stacked for more of a challenge.)
- Engage your core and lift your hips off the floor. Hold for 30 seconds on each side.
3. Stability Ball Rollout
- Start by kneeling on your mat and place your forearms on a stability ball.
- Slowly move your arms forward, until your body forms a straight line. Hold here for three seconds, then roll back until your hips are over your knees. That’s one rep. Complete as many reps as you can in 30 seconds.
4. Kettlebell Bridge Pullover
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold a kettlebell in both hands, resting on top of your chest.
- Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees.
- Lift the kettlebell into the air over your chest, then slowly lower it behind you until it nearly touches the ground without arching your back or splaying your rib cage.
- Engage your core and return the kettlebell over your chest. That’s one rep. Complete eight reps.
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Slowly bend over and touch the floor in front of your feet with both hands.
- Keeping your legs as straight as possible and core tight, walk your hands forward, without letting your hips drop, until you reach a high plank position.
- Pause, then slowly walk your feet toward your hands. That’s one rep. Complete 10 reps.
- Lie on your back with your arms extended over your chest and legs bent 90 degrees (knees above hips).
- Keep your low back pressed to the floor, brace your core, then slowly and simultaneously extend and lower your right leg until your heel nearly touches floor and your left arm until your hand nearly touches floor overhead.
- Pause, then return to start and repeat with the opposite leg and arm. That’s one rep. Complete 10 reps.