Build a stronger core with th­ese easy at-home ex­er­cises

Sta­bilise your en­tire body with this five move work­out

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Our core pro­vides sta­bil­ity for ev­ery­thing we do. A strong core keeps our bod­ies steady and bal­anced, tak­ing the pres­sure off our arms, legs and lower back – which have to work over­time when the core is weak. Strong core mus­cles can help pre­vent poor pos­ture and mus­cle strains, and even help re­lieve chronic low back pain.

De­spite the stereo­type of pic­ture-per­fect abs, your core doesn’t just con­sist of your ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles – it also in­cludes your lower and mid­dle back, hips, up­per thighs and up­per torso. And just be­cause some­one has six-pack abs doesn’t mean they have a strong core, ei­ther. Core strength comes from all your core mus­cles work­ing to­gether. This means core ex­er­cises should go be­yond the crunch to in­clude sideto-side, front-to-back and ro­ta­tional move­ments that strengthen your back, hips, thighs and torso. Start build­ing a stronger core with th­ese five moves.

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