Most people work their core from the floor performing crunches, sit-ups, planks and other variations. The core is extremely important because it’s the foundation for all your movements.
When your core is strong that strength radiates out to your extremities allowing you to perform activities of daily living better and enjoy enhanced sports performance.
If you think about it though, most activities that require a strong core are from a standing upright position. That’s why it’s extremely important to perform some of your core conditioning movements from a standing position.
Here are a few exercises to get you started that require only your body weight and something to hold like a hand weight, water bottle, jug or soup can.
Start by standing tall, good posture and abdominals engaged. In a controlled fashion, swing your weight downwards to the side of your body as you pivot to that side. Then swing the weight upwards reaching high in a diagonal pattern as you pivot your body in that direction. Perform 8-15 reps in one direction and repeat the other way.
Start by standing tall, good posture and abdominals engaged. Hold the weight in front of your body with your elbows bent and locked at your side. In a controlled fashion, rotate your torso as you twist the weight side to side. Keep the rotation tight and compact. Control the rotation movement side to side using your abdominal muscles. Perform 8-15 reps each way.
Stir The Pot
Start by standing tall, good posture and abdominals engaged. Hold the weight in front of your body with your elbows bent at your side. Now slowly move the weight in a big circle as if you are stirring a large pot. Keep your shoulders back and maintain a strong core. Perform 8-15 circles each way.
One Leg Deadlift
Start by standing tall on one leg, good posture and abdominals engaged. Slowly lower the weight towards the ground keeping your back and both legs extended. Try to stretch the legs away from each other. Go as low as you feel comfortable. Complete 8-15 each leg.
Try to work your core 2-3 times per week for optimal health and functioning.
Yours in health & fitness,