Summer is around the corner which means days spent lounging at the beach, cold refreshing drinks and wearing your favorite swimwear. However, most of us dread the thought of slipping on a bikini (especially at the beginning of the season). There is a lot of pressure to look and feel fit (& Instagram ready).
Well get ready to kiss your swimwear phobia goodbye with this awesome 10-minute Core Workout. Having functional core strength is incredibly important because your core is the powerhouse for your body and the strength can stabilize every move you make.
This workout can be done in the comfort of your home or at the beach.
What you will need: an exercise mat and a drink bottle handy.
Perform each exercise for 60 seconds with minimal rest in between. Complete the circuit two times through. You got this ladies!
1- Bicycle Crunches
Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground. Pull your navel in to also target your deep abs. Start by putting your hands behind your head, then bring your knees in towards your chest and lift your shoulder blades off the ground, but be sure not to pull on your neck. Hold this position for a few seconds and lower down gently. Repeat.
2- Plank Kick-Through
Start in a high plank position with your hands shoulder-width apart. In a sweeping motion, rotate your body to the left and kick your right leg through. Use your left arm to touch your hand to toe (If you can’t touch your toes then reach as far as you possibly can). Bring your hand and foot back to the starting plank position. Repeat on the other side.
3- Plank Hip Swivel
Begin in a low plank position with your body in a straight line. Place your elbows bent on the ground with your shoulder and feet hip-width distance apart. Rotate your hips to the left and dip your body almost to the ground. Return to the original plank Repeat on the other side.
Stand with your feet close together, legs straight and stretch down to put down your hands on the floor directly in front of you. Start to walk your hands forward, alternating your left and your right. As you do so, bend at your hips only and keep your legs straight. Keep going until your body is parallel to the ground in a push-up position. Keep your hands in place and slowly take short steps with your feet until your feet are by your hands. Stand straight and repeat this exercise.
5- Reverse Crunch
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet planted on the ground, hip-width distance apart. Start by placing your hands across your chest. Slowly pull your knees into your chest until your tailbone and booty comes off the ground. Hold this position for a moment and lower down slowly. Repeat.