You may find yourself slumping on the couch now, more than ever. Whether you’re active or not, a strong core is important—especially if you’re currently being sucked in between those couch cushions. Strong abdominal muscles help with better posture, help alleviate back pain, and will help aid in that climb out of the couch cushions.
Building strong abs does not mean you have to begin a green-liquid diet or live at the gym. If you take as little as ten minutes a day, you can benefit. Give these simple exercise 30 seconds each, and break for 30 seconds in between, before you move on to the next one. As you feel yourself getting stronger, do each exercise longer, with shorter breaks in between.
Some call it “The Mountain Climber” we’re calling it “The Mole Hill”. No need to want to take a nap before we even start! Get into a push-up position, with your shoulders directly over your hands, and a very straight back. Pull your left knee toward your chest, followed by your right. The faster you do this, the bigger the challenge; it’s ok to start slow. This exercise works your lats, hips, shoulders, legs, and lower abs.
Some call it “The Deadbug”, others (like us) call it the “The Resting Bug”. Start by laying on your back, with your lower back always touching the floor. Bend both knees at a 90-degree angle, over your hips. Raise both arms toward the ceiling. Lower one leg and opposite arm toward the ground. Your leg should be nearly straight, and your arm should be past your head, and near your ear. Slowly retract both and repeat with the opposite arm and leg. You’ll feel this one in your upper and lower abs, and your back.
Another great ab strengthener is known to some as “The Swimmer”, to us, it shall be known as “The Floater”. (We told you this was going to be easy, didn’t we?) Begin this exercise by lying flat on your stomach, with your arms and legs outstretched. Left your right arm and your left leg off the ground at the same time, and then switch to the opposite arm and leg. You can make this harder by holding your limbs off the ground for longer periods of time. You’re going to feel this exercise in your back and sides.
These are just a few of the simple core-strengthening exercises you can do to help your posture, ease back pain, and stop sliding into that couch. You can simply add more options as you get stronger, and that’s just a matter of time! Need to get back into shape? Flex has got you covered! This Key West gym has many fitness classes and different machinery to help achieve your own fitness goal. If you’re looking for high-intensity workout classes and wanting to see results, check out Flex today in-person for the best Key West fitness classes or Key West personal trainers – or check out our website at flexkeywest.com.