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Core muscles are the obliques, abdominals, lower back, and the glutes. These four areas not only help your posture but are needed for the strength it takes to do your everyday physical activities. If the core muscle is strong, you will have a sound foundation for working out, gardening, and just about everything else you do.

In this video, Emma demonstrates the following exercises for gaining core strength:

Leg Ups
Plank Ups
Scissor Kicks
Core Twist
Leg Extensions
Hip Dips
Oblique Toe Touches
High Knees
Basic Plank

Do all or start with a few and work your way up. (Turn closed captions on for more tips.)

For beginners: choose the exercises that are easiest for you to do. Do 2 sets, 8-12 reps of each exercise, 3 times a week. Your entire workout should not exceed 30 minutes, so keep that in mind if you are adding this to an existing workout regimen.

Strengthening Core Muscles Is Great For Your Back

A good core workout won’t just get you a flat belly, it will also strengthen your back, upper and lower torso, and can also help prevent lower back pain. Stretching the upper and front part of the trunk, including the abdominal and trunk muscles, helps prevent injury too.

Keep at it, little by little, and you’ll soon become adjusted to your new workout routine. Working out builds a positive attitude and self-confidence, and soon you’ll begin to see the results you’ve always wanted.

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