We always here our trainers urge us to keep our core engaged—but what does this mean? A common misconception is that our core is synonymous to our abs muscles. However, there’s more to it than just that. In fact, when you say core, your pelvic muscles, your obliques, your spine—all these are involved and make up your set of core muscles.
Now, you might not notice it but you do engage your core even in going about your daily chores. When you pick up your grocery bags, when you take the stairs to your 5th floor apartment, and even when you force yourself out of bed in the morning—all these activities engage your core. And for this reason, you have to make sure that you maintain a strong and stable core to prevent injuries from doing these every day, mundane activities. So, to help you with that, we’ve come up with a 20 minute circuit exercise for you. Get ready to move and get those core muscles burning.
Before we start, here are a few guidelines:
You will be doing each of the exercises below for a full minute—no less and maybe a little more if you’re fit enough.
To complete the circuit, what you need to do is perform 5 rounds of the set.
Are you ready to move? Your 20-minute circuit stars here:
First, do wall squat. Keep your thighs parallel to the ground for at least a minute.
Then go ahead and do jumping squats. When you do this, make sure that you’re exhausting your range of motion by squatting really low and then springing forward for a jump. Again, keep on doing this for a full minute.
Now let’s proceed to high planks. Hold this top of a push-up position for, again, a full minute.
And lastly, another full minute but this time, of mountain climbers.
Now we’re done with one set. Let’s go ahead and do four more.