We’ve been a bit busy around here lately. The kids are growing way too fast, and I’m just about ready to take my personal trainer certification exam. I’m hoping to be certified sometime this summer. With my personal training certification, I hope to start sharing lots more fitness tips, workouts, and I’ll even be offering online fitness training groups (I’m already testing out my first one!). I’m sharing this as a form of motivation for myself to get it together, finish up my studying and pass that test.
As much as I like to workout, as a mom of two I know how difficult it can be to squeeze in a workout. In fact, I decided to take the plunge and become a certified personal trainer because I know. So, as a personal trainer, I’d like to share some ways to fit it all in. You can be busy, but you can also be active, fit and, most importantly, healthy.You can be busy, but you can also be active, fit and, most importantly, healthy. Click To Tweet
I’m a fan of alliteration, so that means it’s Fitness Friday. Today, I thought I’d share with you some everyday activities that help to increase your core strength PLUS a quick, but killer core workout.
Everyday Activities to Increase Core Strength Plus a Killer Core Workout
Our core muscles play a huge role in most of our everyday activities. From cleaning up our kids’ toys to giving birth, our core muscles are at work.
What is the core exactly? The “core” consists of a group of muscles that act as stabilizers, including the transverse abdominis (deep), rectus abdominis (front), erector spinae (back muscles), obliques (sides) and multifidi. (source: ACEfitness). Strong core muscles help prevent injuries, contribute to good posture and help with all those crazy chores you find yourself doing as a mom (I just spent a good 15 minutes trying to pick up sprinkles off the floor after a moment of insanity of letting my daughter use a bottle of sprinkles as a rattle).
Below are a few everyday activities that can help build core strength. The key is to be mindful of engaging your core while doing these activities. If you find yourself with frequent back pain, you may not be activating those core muscles throughout your day. To practice activating your core muscles, start on the floor on your back with your knees bent. Squeeze your ab muscles in as if you were tightening an invisible belt around your waist.
- Climbing the stairs
- Putting the groceries away
- Picking up and carrying the baby (or toddler)
- Running/Walking with a stroller
- Picking up toys
- Standing- Yep, standing requires you to engage your core muscles. So, get up off the couch whenever you can!
Quick Killer Core Flow Workout