From the comfort of your home, you can do many things for your personal fitness journey that make you feel better. Many equate physical fitness with going to the gym, but our bodies are a true wonder when put to the challenge. Doing your ten crunches a day will only go so far as to strengthen your core, but working all angles of your core will offer the most significant benefits.
Here are a few easy, at-home bodyweight exercises to improve your core!
Side Plank With a Crunch
A side plank with a crunch works for both sides. It’s essential to perform the same number of reps on either side. You will begin in a side plank position with your elbow down, your core engaged, and your hips elevated.
The top leg in the stack will crunch toward your free arm and engage the obliques and hip flexors. Ensure you evenly distribute your body weight to make it easier and more effective.
Squat to High Plank
A squat to a high plank is an excellent upper body workout because it requires you to engage your core, arms, shoulders, back, and glutes. While standing with your feet just past shoulder-width, perform a standard squat and, before returning to a standing position, place your hands on the floor and walk yourself forward.
Enter a high plank with your arms extended and pause for 30 seconds. You will walk yourself back to your squat to complete the cycle.
Squat With Rotation
A common mistake people make while waist training is wearing a waist trainer while doing core exercises. Do not do this, especially if you incorporate a rotating squat.
Start in a standing position, place your hands behind your head, and squat through the knees, engaging the core to keep your chest lifted. Twist to the right or left and raise your opposite knee to your elbow on your way back up. Repeat this cycle.
One of the most straightforward bodyweight exercises to improve your core is glute bridges. Lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat. Place your arms close to your body on the floor with your palms down.
Lift yourself off the floor through your core and engage your glutes. You may hold it in an elevated position to maximize the exercise. It’s essential to remember to return to the starting position in a controlled manner.
Dead bugs sound gross, right? This is a quick exercise you can add to any routine that engages the core and moves all extremities. Lay on the floor, lift your arms and legs perpendicular to the ground, and bend your knees to create a 90-degree angle.
Extend the arm and leg opposite each other and keep them a few inches off the ground to engage the core. Return to normal and repeat the cycle on the opposite extremities.
It’s not easy to get to the gym every day. And sometimes, we go through phases where it’s near impossible. Hopefully, through the help of some of these bodyweight exercises, you can find ways to integrate activity into your life, no matter how chaotic it gets!