Next time you’re at the gym, instead of trying to knock out 100 crunches, try these deep core stabilizing exercises instead:
- Elbow Plank (1 min)
Note: Be sure your shoulders line up directly over the elbows so that no extra pressure is placed on the shoulder joint. Don’t let your hips drop too low, otherwise you’ll feel it in your lower back. Don’t make it too easy on yourself by lifting the hips high either though. Find a good median between the 2. Also, be sure to breathe. : )
- Leg Raises (12)
Note: Keep it slow and controlled so that once you feel your lower back start to arch, you raise the legs immediately. If you get to the point where you’re arching, your core is no longer engaged, thus defeating the purpose of the exercise (try alternating legs if this is too challenging).
- Push Up, Knee In’s (1 min)
Note: Maintain a push up plank while driving the knee towards your chest. Be sure you exhale as you drive the knee in, and keep your core tight by not letting the hips sink down towards the floor.
Repeat 3 times to complete the circuit.