5 Workout Moves to Strengthen Your Core

Casey Rackham | Jul 19, 2013 Healthy Living

core workoutWhen I work out, I do everything else but ab exercises. Why? Because it burns. But let's be real: if you really want those toned abs, you have to focus on your core. No pain, no gain, right?

The upside is that most of these exercises just involve your body, so there's no need to go to the gym! (And we all know that half the battle is actually getting yourself to the gym.)

These 5 core workout moves are easy enough to do while you're waiting for dinner to cook, watching your favorite show, or avoiding your ever-growing to-do list.

To watch how it's done, check out this core strengthening exercise video.

Do you have any other simple core workouts that you like to do?

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  • Check out these excercises for your core!

  • Move 1: Knee-Fold Tuck


    Start by squeezing a playground ball between your knees. Engage your core muscles as you lower your back to the ground. Then lift your legs toward your chest while keeping your knees bent. Keep your core engaged as you return to starting position.

  • Move 2: Climbing Rope


    Start with your back flat against the mat or floor. Press the small of your back into the floor to keep your core engaged as you "climb a rope" by reaching upwards with your arms. Do 20 reaches on each side.

    If you need more of a challenge, lift your torso up a little higher while you reach.

  • Move 3: Side Balance Crunch


    Starting with your hands and knees on the ground, bring your right elbow and right knee together. Always make sure to engage your core.

    Repeat 10 times and then switch sides.

  • Move 4: Circle Plank


    Begin in plank position with your hips parallel to the floor. Pull your knee in, and circle clockwise 5 times. Circle 5 more times counterclockwise, then switch legs.

  • Move 5: Oblique Reach


    With your right leg extended, roll your back to the floor. Extend right arm and place left hand under neck. Using your core, lift chest towards the right side.

    Complete 5 reps and switch sides.

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