3 ways to strengthen your core
It’s funny how things change when you have a baby around. Blogging for example. I used to write and post first thing in the morning after my workout, and before heading off to work. It was my routine. Now, I randomly find times during the day (or sometimes not at all) during Hunter’s naps when I’m not cleaning, cooking, exercising, running errands, teaching, or on the rare occasion, taking a nap myself.
It sure is funny how things change. Prioritizing is key now, and exercise is definitely one that is high up on the list of importance for me. It’s going to help me meet my post baby body goals, and it just makes me feel so good.
While I was pregnant I didn’t exercise at the same intensity as before. I was pregnant after all! I still did most of the same workouts and exercises, only modifying as I needed when I got into my third trimester. I thought I was keeping my abs nice n strong, but boy was I wrong!
I’m sure the exercise I did helped me maintain some strength, but now that I’m back to all my regular workouts again at an ever increasing intensity, I can definitely tell I loss not just some, but a lot of core strength during those 9 months.
But I’m going to get it back! These 3 workouts last week left my abs screaming anytime I laughed, coughed, stretched… basically anytime I used them. And only one of the workouts focused directly on my abs.
3 core strengthening workouts
I forget how much running engages your entire core, but wow, after each time I’ve gone running (which is 3 times now), my abs are so sore. It makes sense though, you have to, whether you think about it or not, hold your abs in the entire time! Keeping your body upright uses those muscles.
It’s been a while now since I’ve been on a bike outside, but I am back on the spin bike teaching! Any time you hinge forward, stand up or have to push through heavy resistance, those abs get used again.
ab exercises + strength workouts
Of course there are specific exercises for your abs. I’ve been practicing the choreography for the latest body pump release at home as my strength workout, and with just 4 different moves, my abs are on fire: crunches, bicycle crunches, planks and mountain climbers.
Plus keeping your core engaged while you lift is super important. Not only does it help strengthen them, you’ll maintain proper form throughout the exercise which will help keep you safe. During a squat you have to brace you core. If that didn’t happen the lower back and whole squat would suffer.
And with that I’m off to teach cycle this morning then body pump later tonight. Double core whammy!
How do you like to strengthen your core?