Tighten Your Core

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Working Your Core

A lot of women have a hard time getting their core (abdominal, sides and back) into shape. Even after doing crunch after crunch, they still do not seem to see any results. The problem that many women do not realize is that the regular crunch may not take care of their entire core. Because the core is not just the abs, you need to do exercises that work everything from your stomach all the way to your back.

When you are trying to tighten up your core, strive for the exercises that are not just the unoriginal crunches on the floor. This exercise does work your abs but it doesn’t work your entire core, and many of the times people do not even do these exercises correctly so they end up hurting their back in the end. To really get all the benefits of this type of exercise you should modify it just a bit. Instead of keeping your feet on the ground, hold them up with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Then raise your head and back up slightly to engage your abdominals and pulse your arms up and down for a count of 10, doing a set of 3 repetitions. This exercise will help tighten your belly without straining your back.

Doing torso twists are a great way to work your entire core. Stand with feet hip width apart and hands on hips or out to each side. Now turn your waist so that you are facing to the left and then come back to the original position. Do three reps of 15 on each side to reap the benefits of the workout.

Another exercise to try is to stand straight with feet hip width apart and hands clasped over your head. Slowly bend to your left side so your feel the stretch and then then slowly turn your body so your are looking down to the floor. Then slowly move to the other side, moving your way back up to the starting position. Just remember to use your stomach muscles and keep your body at the same level when you are changing positions. Do 3-5 times on each side.

You can work your core and see a result. Just try these simple steps to get started.