12 Core Exercises for a Stronger Core and Better Posture

Balancing Side Plank

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Strengthen your obliques while also working your inner thighs and shoulders with this plank variation.

HOW TO DO IT:

  • Begin in a modified side plank with your left hand extended under your shoulder, your left knee bent on the floor, your right leg extended straight and the bottom of your foot pressed flat to the floor.
  • Your hips should be stacked.
  • Draw your abs in tight toward your spine and lift your left leg off the floor, bringing your left foot to the inside of your right knee — crossing your left knee slightly over the midline of your body.
  • Hold for 10 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Seated Hurdler

Open up the hamstrings and hips with this relaxing stretch that can be done immediately after the balancing side plank pose.

HOW TO DO IT:

  • Sit with your left leg extended and your right knee bent and open to the side with the bottom of your right foot pressed against your left thigh.
  • Bring your right foot as close to your body as is comfortable.
  • Bend forward from your hips and reach toward your left foot, grabbing hold of your toes or shins.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, and then repeat on the other side.

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12 Core Exercises for a Stronger Core and Better Posture

Balancing Side Plank

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Strengthen your obliques while also working your inner thighs and shoulders with this plank variation.

HOW TO DO IT:

  • Begin in a modified side plank with your left hand extended under your shoulder, your left knee bent on the floor, your right leg extended straight and the bottom of your foot pressed flat to the floor.
  • Your hips should be stacked.
  • Draw your abs in tight toward your spine and lift your left leg off the floor, bringing your left foot to the inside of your right knee — crossing your left knee slightly over the midline of your body.
  • Hold for 10 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Seated Hurdler

Open up the hamstrings and hips with this relaxing stretch that can be done immediately after the balancing side plank pose.

HOW TO DO IT:

  • Sit with your left leg extended and your right knee bent and open to the side with the bottom of your right foot pressed against your left thigh.
  • Bring your right foot as close to your body as is comfortable.
  • Bend forward from your hips and reach toward your left foot, grabbing hold of your toes or shins.
  • Hold for 30 seconds, and then repeat on the other side.

CONTINUE ARTICLE NEXT PAGE

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