A Strong Core Benefits You in Multiple Ways: Easy Workout at Work

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Open YouTube, enter the key word “belly fat”, and you get tens of thousands of videos.

   

Helping Men Fight Belly Fat – 4.5 million views.

How To Lose Stubborn Belly Fat in 20 Days – 3.3 million views.

Bye-Bye Belly Fat Home Workout! Ultimate Abs & Core 20 Minute Routine for Beginners – 6.6 views

   

I found one with particularly high views of 20 million named How I Lost Belly Fat in 7 Days: No Strict Diet No Workout! with a picture of your fat like muffin top on the first day and your waistline seeming perfectly normal on the fifth day.

  

   

It seems that people dream about losing the roll of fat around their waist easily and in a short time. However the cruel truth is, there’s no getting around it. Cutting down your waistline takes a bit of effort.

      

   

Strengthen your core

   

One important step of having a nice waistline is strengthening your core, which includes the muscles in your abdomen, back, sides, pelvis, and buttocks. Abdominal muscles only are not enough. You need a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training, plus a healthy, portion-controlled eating plan.

  

   

Core exercise help you…

    

1. Enjoy sports more.

  

Core exercise doesn’t only aid your weight loss, but also strengthen your skills of golfing, tennis, biking, running, swimming, baseball, volleyball, etc. In another word, you may enjoy sports more with a strengthened core.

   

2. Reduce injuries.

    

Having a strong core also helps improve your balance and lowers your risk of falling. This is particularly important for elder people for whom falling may be a factor causing injuries like fracture. If you are easy to get muscle strain or spasms in the lower back, focusing on your core exercise can also improve the situation.

  

   

3. Reduce unnecessary stress on the hips and knees.

  

In addition, without a strong core, your leg muscles may not function in an optimal position, which often puts undue stress on the hips and knees. Common back and leg aches and pains often derail regular exercise routines, which are important for a healthy heart.

   

4. Improve posture. 

  

Core conditioning can give you a trimmer appearance.

  

   

   

One core exercise you can easily do at work

   

Planks usually done on the floor, but you can also do plank on table, which gives you much more freedom to exercise wherever and whenever you like.

    

Starting position: stand facing a table, a counter, or any other solid surface that is fixed with your feet shoulder-width apart.

  

(Picture from Harvard Health Publishing)

   

Movement: Align your shoulders directly over your elbows, forearms on the table. Your upper arm and forearm should be vertical to each other. You can stand on your feet or toes.

   

Balance your body in a line like a plank. Pull your belly up and in as if you were pulling on tight jeans, keeping your upper-body weight on your forearms. Hold for 15 seconds. Rest for one to two minutes. Repeat.

   

Over time, try to build up to a two-minute hold.

   

This can effectively help you have a strong core over time. Strengthening the muscles in your midsection may help you stay active and pain-free. Do don’t hesitate and start moving today.

 

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