A strong core is deeper than having rock solid abs. Your core muscles are the centerpiece of everyday activities such as walking, running and picking up objects. Core training leads to muscle strengthening, minimizes injuries and promotes balance and stability. You ever heard of that phrase, “trust your gut” ? Scientists have discovered that you have more than one brain. Yes, more than one brain and it’s in your stomach. The enteric nervous system gives us our intuitive sense. The more you exercise the muscles in your stomach the clearer you’ll feel when you make decisions. A little attention to this important part of the body will have you craving for more. Try this quick 5 minute core workout and start trusting your gut.

 

Frogger

Frogger

Start off in a plank position and jump so that your feet are on the outside of your hands just like in the picture. You should be in a deep squat position with your hands on the floor. Jump back to the plank position. Repeat this for one minute.

As you’re jumping back in forth between positions try to slow down your jumps to control the movement. Slow and controlled movements will really put the needed stress on your muscles to help them develop.

 

 

Up-Down Plank

Up-Down-Plank

Begin in the plank position. Lower your right elbow to the mat with your left elbow coming into an elbow plank. Place your right hand on the mat and straighten your right elbow. Repeat the same technique on the left and continue alternating sides for one minute.

 

Side Plank Leg Lift

Side-Plank-Leg-Lift

The side plank is just the sideways version of the regular plank. In the side plank position with your right elbow on the ground flex both feet if you can. You can either rest your hands on your hips or keep them in the air. Lift your top leg up in a controlled movement and return it to the original position. Try this for 30 seconds and switch sides.

 

Butterfly Crunch

Butterfly-Crunch

Lie on your back in the butterfly position with your arms outstretched over your head. Take a deep breath in and bring your hands and knees towards each other to perform a full-body crunch. Your shoulder blades and pelvis should be off the ground a bit while performing this small body crunch. Be sure to hold this position and really feel the burn as your contract your muscles. Slowly lower your arms and feet to the original position. Complete as many crunches as you can in one minute.

 

Bicycle Crunches

Bicycle-Crunches

Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground and hands behind your head. Bring your knees towards your chest and lift your shoulders off the ground. Straighten your right leg to a 45 degree angle while turning your upper body to the left and bringing your right elbow towards the left knee. Make sure your rib cage is moving and not just your elbows. Switch sides and do for one minute.