While a ripped beach body is all the incentive many individuals need for doing core exercises, there are many other reasons why it's important to maintain a strong core.
The core is constantly assisting other muscles as they function, whether it's housework, yard duties, sports or climbing stairs, your core is providing support and balance for you.
If you dread the idea of doing tons of crunches to strengthen your core muscles -- welcome to the club. However, there are a variety of other core exercises that can strengthen your midsection better than crunches or sit-ups.
Using core exercises like the ones we have listed below will dramatically improve the strength and tone of your entire midsection and improve your posture at the same time.
This exercise works all the core muscles, including your abs, back and hips.
Plank into Row
The plank is one of the best full body core exercises available. Adding the dumbbells will strengthen the shoulders and lats even more. This can be a difficult exercise at first, so start with lighter weights. The wider you place your feet, the more stability you will have.
Tips: You can extend a leg straight back to make the exercise slightly more challenging.
The twisting lunge stretches and strengthens muscles throughout the entire body. It's a great calorie burning exercise that you can do anywhere.
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