“Work it, work it, w-w-work it, oh…”: 7 Core Moves That Are More Fun Than Situps

As the weather gets warm, everybody is concerned with having their bodies in tip-top shape. Myself included, lol.  I’ve recently paired up with Dynamo Sharese whose exercise regimen includes her Dance Central routine that consists of 20+ songs. I do the Easy level, brave the Hard level at your own risk, lol. And I also joined my homegirl Carly for a trip to the Exhale Spa to attend the Core Fusion Cardio class.  A week later, I can now sit down with ease. I mean I worked muscles I didn’t even know I had, lol.  And what’s great about working out with Reese and Carly is I genuinely have fun!  Leading to more working out So yea, I’m on it. And to help bring the fun back to your workout, below find “7 Core Moves That Are More Fun That Situps” courtsey of Fitbie on MSN:

Figure Eights

How to do it: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees bent. Move your hips in a sideways “eight” motion. Starting with the right, take your hips up, around and center, and then take your left hip up, around, and center.

Pelvic Tilt

How to do it: Go on all fours so your back is in a neutral position. Tilt the pelvis as if you’re bringing your pubic bone towards your belly button. Exhale and draw in the abdominals. “This causes the pelvis to tilt,” says Mallett. “As you pull your abs in, you activate the deep abdominal muscles that cause the pelvis to tilt.”

Knee Thrust

How to do it: Start in a lunge position with your right leg forward and your hands forward at shoulder height (similar to the warrior pose in yoga). Shifting the weight of your body to the right leg, thrust your left knee towards the chest, as if you’re trying to jam your left knee into someone’s chin. At the same time, bend your elbows back, as if you’re grabbing their face with your hands. As your knee goes forward, your core should tighten as your hips move forward and your torso leans back.

Standing Side Crunch

How to do it: Stand with your left leg turned out and your right leg at a point with your heel up off the floor, but make sure your leg is straight. Place your right hand behind the head with the elbow bent and put your left hand on your left hip. Side bend towards the right side—while doing this bring your right knee cap and elbow down so they meet somewhere around hip height. Return to start.

Single-Leg Kicks

How it works: Sit on the floor with your knees bent, feet planted, and torso tall, leaning back on your elbows. Using your stomach, kick your left toe to the ceiling and then bring it down to tap the floor. Next, do the same with your right foot. Continue alternating leg kick/toe tap while keeping your stomach engaged.

Plank Leg Shoot

How it works: Start on all fours then plant your toes into the ground. Engage your abs and lift your knees up so you are in a plank position with your legs wide apart. Using your abs, take your left foot under and across your body to where your right hand is while you simultaneously lift your right hand to the ceiling, opening your body to the right. Pause for a moment, then return to your starting position. Repeat with the right foot to left hand. Continue alternating shooting your leg forward and opening up your body.

Lying Floor Swipers

How it works: Lie flat on the floor with your hands out to the sides, head on the ground, and feet and legs straight to the ceiling. Press down into the floor with your hands, and, with a controlled movement, lower your legs all the way to the ground on the right. Using your abs, move your legs back up and all the way over to the left. That is one rep.

Happy “Working It” Ladies!! :-) xx 

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