December Challenge. Let’s work on core-strengthening!
With the busy holiday season kicking up into full gear, this is a perfect time of year to reevaluate your fitness and exercise program. Not only does exercise help to mitigate the effects of all the delicious holiday treats but exercise also serves as an excellent stress reliever from all the holiday hustle and bustle. A great place to focus on is working towards strengthening your core. Not only will core strengthening result in the previously mentioned benefits but it is also a key component of overall spine health. Want to challenge your core while still being gentle on the rest of the body? Maybe it’s time to investigate low-impact workouts. Low impact doesn’t mean minimal results; it can help you strengthen, stabilize and tone your core muscles without putting too much pressure on your joints.
Below are some great ways to work on strengthening your core while still being gentle on your joints;
- Planking exercises.
Long considered the gold standard for core strengthening, front and side planks are an excellent way to strengthen your core without putting any additional stress on your neck the way that crunches and sit-ups can. Hold your plank for 15 seconds and then rest for 2 seconds before planking again. This is an incredibly effective way to strengthen your core and you can easily do it even when traveling for the holidays.
Swimming is a great way to challenge your core while still minimizing the risk of injury. Buoyancy reduces stress on your joints and ligaments while movement within water helps create resistance. Water workouts and therapies are also a great way to get your heart rate going while ensuring that your joints stay protected.
A low-impact favorite spanning from beginners to professional athletes, yoga has a multitude of overall health benefits for practitioners. Yoga can burn calories and tone muscles with an emphasis on strengthening and stretching—perfect for core work. Keep in mind that yoga can come at a variety of levels, focuses, and intensities.
Great for beginners, a Pilates workout is a beautiful way to tone muscles, improve balance and flexibility, and stabilize and strengthen your core. It’s an excellent option for folks who have physical limitations as most moves can be modified to suit an individual’s needs.
Known as a ballet-inspired workout, Barre is a low impact form of exercise that adopts different elements of dance, Pilates, and yoga. Using isometric contractions, Barre classes can help improve strength, flexibility and stabilize and increase core strength. It also happens to be a personal favorite form of exercise of the Mount Pleasant Spine Center staff.
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