A funny thing happened while I was doing my cardio yesterday (low impact, step aerobics). A few minutes in, I noticed this strange sensation in my midsection. It took me a moment to recognize what it was…. My core muscles had engaged: all by themselves, without any conscious effort on my part! Not only that, but they stayed engaged for the entire workout.
Strength training has become a regular (three to four times a week) part of my self-care routine. While I certainly would like to look toned in my tank tops and shorts when the sunny weather finally gets here, now that I am in my fifties, my reasons for including it have changed. This is especially true when it comes to strengthening my core.
Our core muscles are the central linking point between the lower and upper parts of our bodies, and, in the long run, they can determine the quality of our daily lives. I want a strong core so that I continue to live my BEST life for many, many years to come.
Here are a few beginner exercises to get you started: