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The feeling of losing your balance and toppling over can happen at anytime. Just as simple as walking into a glass door or stubbing your toe. Except balance isn’t just to do with bad luck, it’s all about how strong your core is and how stable you are at holding yourself up (inebriation doesn’t count). Strengthening your core can help take the strain off your back and your shoulders and also improve your balance day-to-day.

So how exactly can my core be strengthened?

So in short, your core is made up of 4 major abdomen muscles (that basically hold you up) and these are the rectus abdominis, internal obliques, external obliques and transverse abdomens. The transverse abdomen is the deepest muscle and this is the one you feel contracting when you cough. Exercising these can improve your posture and assist the movement of all of the other limbs on the body. Plus you’ll look and feel awesome.

One of the most effective ways to put these muscles to work is the classic plank. Whether you boast about being able to hold it longer than Arnold Schwarzenegger or can barely manage 10 seconds, it’s worth a go. It also engages the use of your arms and glutes to help hold you up. It’s a great all rounder so why not try to hold it while your kettle boils for your morning coffee?

 

If you’re one for the classic crunches, then try adding a little twist. Abdominal crunches with a twist mean you’re also exercising the muscles on the sides as well as in the centre and really working that six pack. Start of with 3 sets of 15 and see how it goes. This can also be added to the plank for a quick mini workout before you start the day. And if you need a little jump to kick start you, add 20 some star jumps! Simple but we promise effective, and will get your heart rate going.

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