Top 5 Favorite Core Exercises That Work for Getting Solid Abs
Part of living a healthier lifestyle is to exercise daily.
You’re going to see some of the top 5 favorite core exercises that work for getting solid abs. The great thing about these exercises is that you don’t even need to get down on the floor.
And the reason why I’m sharing this. Yes, I will be turning 60 next month. And I do have some aches, pains, bad ankle and vertigo but this does not mean that I do not exercise.
I’m excited to share these favorite core exercises because anyone can do these and still get the results, trim the belly fat and feel healthy.
Why Exercise the Core?
In the past, I have had gym memberships using the weight machines and engaged in circuit training and some Jazzercise. Although all these are great for staying fit and exercising, when we age, or if you are overweight and just starting an exercise regime, attempting certain workouts at the gym may deter you from committing to a daily exercise routine all together.
With the top 5 favorite core exercise that work for getting solid abs, you don’t have to get down on the floor. What is more, they are still effective and helpful and really do work.
Importance of a Strong Core
Did you know that having a strong core is important to your body, back, and overall health? Essentially, there is more to a strong and firm midsection than just getting those chiseled six pack abs.
In fact, you use your core several times in any given day. Every time you carry laundry, groceries or even your children, you will be relying on your core as the foundation of your strength.
Most people who are new to core exercises tend to have lower back issues and upper back tension. Since your core is located within the posterior chain, it is important that you strengthen it. By doing so, you will ensure that your spine is strong and your core is up, which also correlates to providing relief from back pain.
With these exercises, you will be able to increase your balance and stability especially if you are getting back into your fitness regimen after a timed lapse, or if you are new to exercise.
This is why you really need to these core exercises, at any age! The great thing is that they are easy to follow. Try including the following top 5 favorite exercises into your training and exercise regimen and start enjoying the rewards:
Core Exercises While Standing Up
Sculpting your abs in the standing position provides plenty of benefits. You will be able to engage more muscles, burn more calories, and improve your postural support. Additionally, you don’t even need tons of space or equipment to perform these exercises for upper abs, lower abs, obliques and other angles.
(of course, always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine.)
ROUTINE: Do three sets of the recommended number of reps for all the exercises below. You can include these routines into your regular cardio or strength session up to 4 days per week for best results.
1. Standing Bicycle Crunch
Standing with your feet apart and the knees bent slightly and the hand behind your head, lift your left heel. Then, brace your abs tightly, tuck the tailbone under and lift the left knee up while rotating your right shoulder towards the knee. If possible, try to make your elbow touch your knee. Do 20 reps of this move and repeat on the opposite side.
2. Extended Toe Touch
REPS: 10 on each side
Standing on your right leg, bend your knee slightly and extend the left leg low behind your hip. Then, extend your right arm overhead with the palm facing forward. Additionally, extend the spine slightly and lift your chest while raising the left leg as far up high as you can reach. Also, stretch the right arm upwards.
Scoop your abs inside the spine and sweep your left leg forward and try to touch your toes with your right hand. Do 10 reps of this move before repeating on the opposite side.
3. Leaning Lifting Crunch
REPS: 20 on each side
With the feet together and the knees slightly bent, extend your arms overhead and press your arms together. Then, lean your torso to the right and stretch all the way through to the left side. As you do this, brace your abs in and lean slowly to the left while extending your left leg outward. Lift the leg with pointed toes. Repeat 20 reps of this move before working on the opposite side.
4. Rotating Deadlift
Start out in the split stance with your left foot placed forward, hands behind the head and knees slightly bent. Engage your abs and hinge forward from the hips, while ensuring that your spine is naturally straight until your chest is almost parallel to the floor.
As your body returns to the upright position (and maintaining a flat back) rotate your torso to the left and look back over your left shoulder. Do 15 reps of this before repeating on the opposite side.
5. Stepping Chop
REPS: 20 on each side
Standing with the feet together, hands clasped, arms extended overhead and knees bent, take a wide step towards the side with your left leg. At the same time, chop down your arms towards your left hip. Then, bring your left foot back to the right and swing your arms upwards and to the right. Perform 20 reps of this core exercise before repeating the steps on the opposite side.
So, there you have it – the top 5 core exercises that work for getting solid abs. Try this out the next time you DO NOT want to get down on the floor and watch as your abs start forming and you begin building a stronger core!
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