Building a strong and well-toned physique requires commitment on your part especially when you exercise as sticking to a fitness program will yield the best results. And when it comes to enhancing your core and hips, you won’t run out of exercises to try. Your core plays an important role in your overall health as it is the one that lets you stay balanced, upright, and powerful at the same time. Strengthening your hips, on the other hand, means that you’ll be able to do various movements with ease without putting yourself at risk of injury.
Which exercises can you do then to strengthen your core and hips? Here are four options to try.
- Inverted knee to open diagonal. Drop to your left forearm on the floor while raising your right foot so the sole is facing the ceiling and with your right knee turned in so that you can swing your right foot out to the side. Extend your right leg to go diagonal then go back to your first position. Repeat this 30 times before switching to the other foot.
- Marching hip raises. In this workout for your hips and core, you will need to start by lying down on the floor on your back with your knees bent. Push your hips off the ground by engaging your glutes for you to go into a bridge pose. Raise one knee and kick your foot towards the ceiling. Go back to your first position and repeat with the other leg to complete one rep. Do 15 reps for this exercise. Make sure that your core is engaged so that your torso won’t dip to the ground.
- Elbow side down kicks. Another exercise that will help strengthen your hips and core is the elbow side down kicks. Go down on all fours first then drop your left forearm to the floor. Lift your right knee then move it towards your torso. Extend your right leg out to the side. Reach your right toes toward your right hand or as close as you can manage. Go back to your first position and repeat this 30 times before switching to the other side.
- Zipped-up squats. If you want to challenge your core and hips further, do the zipped-up squats. You will need to stand straight with your legs together and hips in line with your ankles with your hands raised overhead. Your palms should be facing one another. Hold this for 2 to 4 counts. Push your hips back as you bend your knees to lower yourself into a squat while keeping your legs pressed together. Make sure that your arms remain straight and that you are not wobbling as much as possible. Go back to your first position and repeat 12 times to complete one set. Try to do 3 sets of zipped-up squats to strengthen your hips as well as your core.