Core strengthening is fast becoming the priority in fitness routines. The benefits of a strong core include improved performance and stability and a decrease in injury. These exercises designed to strengthen the core involve stretching and balancing while reinforcing flexibility.
The need for an athlete to have great balance is critical for keeping control of their bodies. Coupling balance training with a core workout is blending two amazing workouts. There’s a mental benefit that cannot be denied when working on one’s balance.
Core strengthening exercises work all the muscles from the top of the torso to the thighs. With a strong core, athletes are able to stand taller with their limbs completely aligned. Proper form is key for getting the most out of a workout and avoiding injury.
It is becoming more understood that even for endurance sports, athletes who work on their core strengthening in addition to speed training are better fit to handle a longer cardiovascular workout, which helps their overall performance.
A few great exercises for the core is the:
Glute bridge: Lying face up on the floor you want to put your arms by your side and with knees bent and feet planted firmly on the floor. Lift your hips until your knees, hips and shoulders are in a straight line. Hold this for two or three seconds and repeat several times.
Lateral Pillar Bridge: Lying on your side, place your forearm on the floor under your shoulder. Push your hips off the floor creating a straight line from your ankle to your shoulder. Hold this for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat several times.
Plank With Arm Lift: Begin in a push up position with your feet and shoulders apart. Lift your left arm up and move it just a little to the left and hold this one arm plank for a few seconds, repeat lifting the right arm.