Outdoor Workouts: Core Exercises

The outdoors are a great home gym, and opportunities to exercise are endless.

But if you’re not sure what core exercises you can do, Munson Healthcare’s Exercise Specialist Ben Watson has a few suggestions.

Reverse Crunch

Start seated on a bench with feet hovering and knees drawn to the chest. Place hands by your sides and hold onto the bench.

Extend legs while leaning back at a 45 degree angle.

Return to the start position by drawing knees back your chest.

Repeat 8 to 12 repetitions to start and add more as you progress.

To change difficulty:

  • Easier: Keep the feet on the bench and replicate movement by moving the upper body only.
  • Harder: Remove hands from the bench.

Bicycles

Start seated with feet hovering and knees drawn to your chest. Place hands by sides and hold onto the bench.

Extend one leg while keeping the other leg bent near the chest, then switch legs.

Repeat 8 to 12 repetitions to start and add more as you progress.

To change difficulty:

  • Harder: Incorporate upper body by laying back and touching opposite elbow to opposite knee.

Russian twist

Start seated with legs together, knees bent and feet placed on the bench.

Lean the upper body back at a 45 degree angle and twist from side to side.

Repeat 8 to 12 repetitions to start and add more as you progress.

To change difficulty:

  • Harder: hover the legs above the bench.
Categories: the four, Wellness Wednesday – the four

Related Articles

Comments

comments