Our core plays an important role in our day-to-day movements but nowadays it seems that we are forgetting to give it its much needed love. The problem with most of our fitness routines is that they are often centered on our arms and legs only that we often skip our midsection. Unfortunately, this only ends up with us having flabs in our belly and our body prone to aches and pains because of a weak core. With that being said, it is only right that we give our core proper training and what better way to do this than early in the morning? Here are a few core workouts that you can do.
Push-up alternating knee tap
Start in the up position of the push-up where your hands are directly below your shoulders and your legs extended and resting on the balls of your feet. Tighten your core muscles as you bend your elbows to lower yourself to the floor. Now press back up. Bring your left knee out to the side of your left elbow and hold for 2 seconds. Go back to your first position. Do another push-up but this time, bring your right knee out to your right elbow and hold for 2 seconds. This counts as one rep. You will need to do 12 to 15 reps.
Russian twists with weights
Sit down on the floor with your feet flat on the floor. Lean backwards until your weight is centered on your butt muscles. Hold a dumbbell with your hands. Now raise your feet off the floor for a few inches or until you are properly balanced. Engage your core as you twist to your right, bringing the weight with you. Make sure that it is only your torso that is twisting and not your hips too. Hold for one count then go back to the center. Twist to the left and hold for another count then back to the center. This counts as one rep. You will need to do 15 reps for this exercise.
Standing knee tuck
Stand straight with your feet together. Now lift your left leg straight back while hinging forward at the hips. Reach your hands forward by your ears and make sure that your hips are level and that your body is straight from your hands to your heel. Engage your core muscles as you draw your left knee in towards your chest while bending your elbows to pull your arms down to your knee. Now go back to your first position and repeat 15 times before switching to the other leg.
Lie down on the floor on your back with your hands placed under your hips and your legs raised toward the ceiling. Engage your core as you raise your hips up to bring your feet closer to the ceiling. Use your hands to support your body. Hold for one count then lower your hips back down. This counts as one rep. You will need to do 10 to 15 reps for this exercise.