Slide: Exercises to Improve Core Strength

Man doing core-strength exercises

One in front and one behind 1 of 13 Core Workouts Work your abs and other core muscles

Core Strength Workouts strengthen your core muscles, Includes abdominal muscles, back muscles, and muscles around the pelvis. A strong core makes many physical activities easier for you.

You can perform core strength exercises on a carpeted floor or mat. Breathe freely and deeply during each core strength exercise. Focus on tightening your transversus abdominis, the deepest abdominal muscle and the one that contracts when you cough.

Repeat each of these core strength exercises about five times. Repeat up to 10 to 15 times as your core strength improves. If you have back problems, osteoporosis, or other health problems, talk to your doctor before doing these core strength exercises.

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