Having a strong core isn’t just about having a six pack or a flat stomach, and it isn’t impossible to strengthen your core either. In fact, you may not even realise that some of the things you do every single day are helping the muscles in your abdominal area, back, hip and pelvis build up and work better together!
Here are some of the easiest ways to tone your abs whilst in lockdown…. that don’t require fancy gym equipment or any form of home workout!
- Standing Tall
The technical term for this exercise is abdominal bracing. It can be done anytime and anywhere and can be an easy habit for you to pick up to strengthen your core and improve posture. You simply stand tall (you can even do this when walking!), draw in your bellybutton to your spine so you’re lightly contracting your abs, and then hold this for as long as is comfortable. This can be repeated over and over throughout the day!
- Sweep / Mop the Floors
You might not realise it but you can even incorporate abdominal exercises into your cleaning routine. Rather than bending over to get in those hard to reach spaces; flex your ab muscles and squat instead. When on your hands and knees scrubbing, ensure your back is straight and your tummy is tucked in tight too.
- Going Up and Down Stairs
Climbing the stairs is a great way to improve your overall fitness as it works most of the muscles in your body. As you go up or down the stairs, ensure your shoulders are back, your head is up and straight looking ahead, and that you are engaging your core as you go.
You can actually strengthen your core when in the garden removing those pesky weeds or planting new flowers too! Just ensure that you use proper knee cushioning when on the floor, and that you engage your ab and lower back muscles every time you lean forward.
Painting the walls of your home might seem like a mammoth task, but it can actually help you incorporate some fitness! The movement in which we paint by reaching as high as we can with our arms and roller in hand can be a great move to really stretch out the muscles in your sides. As a bonus, you can burn between 250 and 300 calories on average per hour when painting large walls…. a win-win situation!
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