3 Ways To Strengthen Your Core

It’s no secret that I’m a huge #corelover. It’s my favourite muscle group to workout. But what makes a good core workout?

Over the years, I’ve tried a whole bunch of different things, and not being a gym junkie I’ve discovered a a bunch of exercises that really help to tone, strengthen and define my core.

So here are my top tips:

1. Reformer Pilates.

This is my ultimate go-to when it comes to core strength and overall body toning. Pilates helps you focus on spinal alignment and really gets into those micro muscles that you never knew you had. It also helps to build muscle endurance and strength, core stabilization, joint strength and overall balance. If you aren’t already on the pilates train – give it a go!

2. Power Yoga.

This is my favourite yoga practice of all the styles. It’s a powerful and dynamic practice that not only uses your core, but is a great overall body workout. My preference is doing hot power yoga, which is usually done in around 35 degrees. Why is it so good? Because you’re working with your own body weight and it’s a practice you can do anytime, anywhere.

3. The Humble Sit-Up.

There’s nothing complicated about just doing simple sit-ups. If I am doing a gym workout, I will usually add 3 sets X 15 reps of sit-ups at the end of my workout. Think about drawing your belly button to your spine, keeping the core tight – don’t let your rib cage flare to the ceiling as you lower down. Ensure you are using your abs to sit-up, not your neck to pull yourself up.

Like anything, the secret to developing and growing is consistency. There’s no use only doing something once or a few times and expecting fast results. If core workouts aren’t in your repertoire at the moment, start small. Try adding a few sit-ups to the end of your workout, or try a pilates or yoga class once a week.

My philosophy when it comes to instil new healthy habits is always to start slowly and be consistent!

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About the author : Rachel Huxtable

Rachel was named a “health guru” by The New Daily, and is a pilates trainer and health and fitness expert. She has been featured in the Australian Swimsuit Calendar, Pumped Up Down Under, Lynx Swimsuit Calendars, Peppermint Magazine, Gabby Bernstein’s HerFuture.com, The New Daily, Tiny Buddha, Your Zen Life and more. Her uplifting approach to health and fitness has inspired women around the world to eat better, move better and feel better.