Work The Core
Health experts and fitness gurus speak often of the importance of working the core of your body during workouts. The core of your body reaches from just beneath your rib cage down to your thighs. In other words, it consists of your abs, your waist, your hips, and your bottom (also known as your “gluts”).
Regarding core workouts, one of the more well known and basic ways to work your entire core is to do traditional or modified pushups. When you do a pushup perfectly, you can feel all the muscles in your core working extremely hard. If you are looking for additional core exercises to incorporate into your current exercise routine, you may want to try a standing exercise called the cyclone. This article contains a step by step guide for doing the cyclone safely and effectively. As is true of most exercises, you will want to focus carefully on your form in order to achieve the best results.
Your first step is to stand as straight as you can with your feet flat on the floor and a few inches apart.
Next, raise your hands directly over your head, palms facing each other with fingers extended skyward. Pay very close attention to your posture. Make sure your back is straight and don’t let your shoulders creep up to your ears. Keep them pulled down.
The third step is to bend forward at the waist (while keeping your arms raised the entire time) and then rotate your core to the right, to the back, to the left and then back to the front. Do this rotational movement for a full thirty to sixty seconds. Don’t just bend slightly at the waist. Really get deeply into the movement if you want to work your entire core successfully. You will feel a powerful stretching and twisting sensation as you rotate your body. You will also feel a sort of momentum building during the exercise. Pay close attention to your balance to avoid tipping over.
The fourth and final step is to repeat the entire process of the cyclone exercise to the left for an additional thirty to sixty seconds.
Please note that this single core exercise is very effective but no single exercise can constitute an entire core workout. It is only intended to be a part of a larger workout that targets your body’s core.