Dr Rachel: Top Core Exercises

Here’s four core exercises that you can do at home and see results.

I promise if you do these exercises four times a week religiously for one month, you will definitely notice a difference.

Do them on a carpeted floor or mat. Repeat each exercise five times. As your core strengthens, you can build up to 10 to 15 repetitions.

The first exercise is the bridge. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Keep your back flat on the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Raise your hips off the floor until your hips are aligned with your knees and shoulders. Hold for three deep breathes. Return to starting position and repeat.

The side plank strengthens your muscles along your side. Lie on your right side raising yourself onto your right forearm. Place your right shoulder directly above your right elbow. It is important to keep your shoulders, hips and knees in alignment. Rest your left arm along the side of your body. Tighten your abdominals. Hold for three deep breaths. Repeat the same action on your left side.

The next great core exercise is the superman. This is great for your lower back. Lie on your stomach. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Slowly raise your arms off the floor. Hold for three deep breaths. Then lower your arms and slowly raise your legs off the floor, hold for three deep breaths. For more of a challenge you can raise your arms and legs at the same time and hold for 3 deep breaths.

The last core exercise is your classic sit-up. Check out my “Langniappe” on sit ups to make sure you are doing your sit ups correctly.

Here’s to your sexy, stronger core.

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