7 Core Workouts to do During the Circuit Breaker
Welcome to the circuit breaker: you slowly feel the sluggishness dragging your bones down after hours of Netflix. The swimming pools, gyms, and now even the stadiums are closed. And now you’re itching for a workout after finishing the latest season of Itaewon Park. To get you started, here's 7 core exercises you can do during the Circuit Breaker
Why You Should Try to Get a Strong Core
Having a strong core is like having a strong engine driving your daily activities. From getting up from your bed to bending over to pick up things on the floor, your core is the centre of every movement you make. With a strong core, you’ll have better balance and posture, and you get to reduce back pain as you relieve the strain from your lower back.
How Should Core Exercises Work?
Like an engine, your core has several muscle groups that help you move:
Since every workout uses those muscles in different combinations, the most effective exercises work all of those muscles simultaneously. By working the core muscles all at once, you’re maintaining the balance of the core muscles. That not only improves performance but prevents injuries too.
So, with a better understanding of your core muscles, let’s get to work!
I’m sure this is where some of us want to wriggle out of (me). As you do planks, you’re working your core, your hamstrings, and your glutes. By training those muscles, you’re not only building your strength and endurance but improving your balance and supports better posture as well.
2. BODY SAW
When you’re doing the body saw, you’re basically sawing back and forth from your plank position. As with the plank, you have to tuck your tailbone and keep your hips up and don’t let it drop to the floor.
Here’s a core workout that’s a little more difficult, since you’ll be utilising your shoulder stabiliser muscles as well. But when you’re doing the wheelbarrow, you have to be mindful; you might be in danger of straining your lower back. You can just use a tower or the towel if you don’t have gliding discs or the old school ab roller.
This core exercise just uses the most intense part of the sit-up. You’re actually strengthening your abs as you hold them with constant tension. If you’re worried about straining your back, you could switch to the C-Curve instead, where your spine is lengthened because you’re keeping your tailbone tucked.
5. SIDE BEND
It’s one of the well-rounded core workouts out there. The side bend pushes you to work not only your obliques and core muscles but your arms and back too. If you do it right, you’ll probably feel the burn not long after your first rep.
6. PLANK TAP
Here’s another way to ramp up the burn for your planks. The trick? You need to do this without rocking your hips from side to side.
7. LEG RAISEs
If you want to target your lower abs, try a few reps of this core exercise to feel the burn. It’s great when you’re sitting at home all day because it helps strengthen and add flexibility in your hip flexors. By increasing your hip mobility, you’ll be able to be even lighter on your feet once you come out of the Circuit Breaker.