Saturday, September 9

Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Core Every Day of the Week

Keeping your muscles strong, especially in your core, is important for maintaining an active and independent lifestyle. Our ancestors had strong muscles from their daily activities, but nowadays, we need to make a conscious effort to strengthen our muscles.

You should aim to do a core workout two or three times a week, but it can also be beneficial to incorporate daily core-boosting activities into your routine. Here are some simple ideas to get you started:

1. Sunday: Marching
March around your house or neighborhood, lifting your knees high and moving your arms to the music. If you need support, march near a countertop or try marching while seated on a stability ball.

2. Monday: Resistance band workout

Invest in some inexpensive resistance bands and follow a resistance band workout video on YouTube. One example is doing rows by sitting on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you, looping a resistance band around the soles of your feet, and pulling the ends of the band toward you, like rowing a boat.

3. Tuesday: Water workout

Swim laps or walk in the shallow end of a pool to work your core muscles. Treading water, swimming with a kickboard, and water aerobics are other effective options.

4. Wednesday: Yard or housework

Turn yard work or housework into a core workout by engaging your abdominal muscles as you lift, carry, climb, push, rake, or shovel. Maintain good posture and protect your knees by using proper techniques.

5. Thursday: Body-weight workout

Use your own body weight to strengthen your core with lunges, squats, and modified planks. Focus on keeping your back straight and tightening your abdominal muscles.

6. Friday: Hip-swiveling workout

Try a hip-swiveling workout like hula hooping, merengue dancing, or belly dancing. Search for beginner workout videos on YouTube, but make sure to check with your doctor first if you have arthritis.

7. Saturday: Yoga

Practice yoga, which strengthens and stretches your core muscles. Yoga also improves balance, flexibility, strength, mobility, mood, and overall quality of life. You can even do yoga while seated in a chair.

Remember to warm up before exercising by walking and moving your arms, and cool down afterwards by stretching your core muscles. As you become stronger and more flexible, you'll be better equipped to handle the demands of modern life.

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