Fitness Tips – Day 3 (Core Muscles)

Today’s fitness tips are targeting core muscles without using external weights. With these exercises, you can use your own body weight for resistance. For core exercises, always keep your abs engaged. Imagine pulling your belly button to your spine. Hold it there for the duration of the exercise routine.

Keep in mind, these moves are not all-inclusive, meaning there are plenty of other exercises that are not mentioned. These are just meant to give you some moves to try. You can combine them together, or combine them with moves for other body parts. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to WARM UP FIRST. We will be doing a video later that talks about different ways to warm up your muscles.

The attached video has the following exercise options:

  • Upper abs:
    • Standing Crunches
    • Hi/Lo Punch Crunch
  • Lower abs
    • Knee raise crunches
    • Front Kicks
  • Obliques
    • Leaning crunches
    • Side twists – alternating or one side at a time
    • Knee to elbow side twists
    • Lateral Leg Raises
    • Side Kicks – step to kick
  • Midsection
    • Left to Right Twists with hands behind head – stop in the middle, or don’t
    • Front bend over to 90 degrees
    • Small squat with punch twist
    • Dip with punch twist
    • Combo punch and kick

Stay tuned tomorrow for a segment on dumbbell exercises.

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