Your core is one of the most important parts of your body. The term core refers to the muscle group that includes and surrounds your abdominals. Tightening and improving those muscles helps you stand up straighter, feel more flexible and support the rest of your body. There are some simple core workouts that you can do at home or even at your desk.
Sit with two to five pounds weights in each hand. Keep your back straight and your feet firmly planted on the floor. Lift your hands until each one is right next to your ears. Hold this position as you inhale and slowly twist your body to the right, using only your abdominal muscles to move. Exhale as you come back to center and repeat on the other side.
The Pilates 100
The Pilates 100 is one of the more popular Pilates exercises designed to improve core strength. Lay flat on the floor with your legs touching the floor and your hands next to your body. Take a deep breath as you raise your head and shoulders off the floor and use your abdominal muscles to lift your lower legs. Keep your stomach pressed to the floor. Inhale and slowly count to 10 as you gently raise and lower your hands off the floor. Exhale as you come back to the floor. Repeat to complete a total of 10.
For the knee tuck, you want to sit flat with your buttocks touching the floor and your back straight. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor. Inhale as you slowly bring your knees up towards your chest as far as you can without bending your back. Exhale as you drop your legs. If you want to work your core even more, hold a weight or medicine ball between your knees. These workouts can improve and tighten your core when you add the exercises to your regular workout.