SIMPLE CORE STRENGTH ROUTINE Three easy core exercises to try, if you positively won’t do planks, are described in an article for SHAPE.com by Rebecca Dancer. Highlighted because the person who developed this routine, professor of spine biomechanics Stuart McGill, believes that each will help strengthen the back, these moves are simple and can be performed on the floor in front of the TV. So, potentially they are perfect for early morning news/weather watching or after dinner favorite-series bingeing.
Turkey Trot trainees who are shopping for core exercises that also incorporate a bit of balance work will like the “bird-dog”. Those who want to eventually gain more strength and transition to a lateral plank will appreciate the “side-bridge”. And some who hates sit-ups will find the “curl-ups” manageable.
As the article title indicates,”3 Exercises Everyone Should Do to Prevent Back Pain”, these exercises are designed to help strengthen the core, which includes the low back, hip, and abdominal muscles. I have experience with performing the “quadruped bird-dog”, but not the others. However, the remaining two seem perfect to do at those times when I am literally laying around and don’t want to put myself through the paces of other more challenging exercises.
Every little bit of daily work on the core helps strengthen it. And changing-up moves can recruit small muscles that may not be challenged by other routines. The proof of this additional muscle recruitment will be the feeling of some soreness the day after the first session.
It will be a what I call a “Good Ow!” experience; welcomed because it means something needed strengthening that wasn’t being reached by another exercise. And because potentially, left to function in a weakened state, it could be strained/ injured during running and force me off my feet for weeks to months.
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