What type of exercises can strengthen your core?

There are four basic kind of exercises that can help to strengthen your core, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) providers.

Those four types are:

  • Curl ups – Laying on your back, you curl your trunk up off the floor just enough that your shoulder blades come up off the floor. This activated your abdominal muscles. Then you lay back down and repeat.
  • Planks – You get in a position like you’re getting ready to do pushups. But instead of pushing up and down, you hold the position by supporting your body on your forearms. Hold yourself in that position for at least one minute.
  • Side plank – Similar to the plank but you support your body sideways, which activates the side areas of the core. Support your body with your forearm while the other arm is positioned on your hip. Hold for at least one minute and repeat on opposite side.
  • Quadruped – For this move, you get on all fours like you’re pretending to be a dog. Then you extend one arm forward and the opposite leg back. You repeat this with the opposite arm and leg. This activates the gluteal, hip, abdominal, and back muscles.

For more ideas of core strengthening exercises, talk with your doctor. Always speak with your doctor before starting any new exercise regime.