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Exercises that help strengthen the core, not just make you look good, but also are key factors for overall bodily balance, performance, and mobility. Core muscles comprise pelvic floor muscles, abdomen and obliques.
Contrary to popular belief, oftentimes, static movements such as planks are a great way to engage and tone the core. While planks seem easy to perform, it is an intense exercise that tests your stamina.
Considering how intense this exercise can be, a fun yet effective way of doing it is in the form of a plank dance!
We challenge you to do this movement, and experience its wondrous results on your belly and legs for yourself:
Step 1: Start in a forearm plank position. Align the knees under your hips and your shoulders over your wrists. Press your hands into the floor and step one foot back at a time, bringing your torso parallel to the floor.
Step 2: Allow the arms to remain perpendicular to the floor with the shoulders aligned over wrists. Press your outer arms inward, forearm facing the floor, and spread your shoulder blades wide.
Step 3: Spread the chest open, draw the tailbone down, lift the thighs, and reach back through the legs. Now, Reach the head forward and gaze softly towards the floor.
Step 4: Squeeze your core, glutes, and quads to keep your hips stable. Now, extend one arm in front of you, then to the side, and then repeat with the other arm. Remember to reach to the side first and extend the arm to the front.
Core exercises, such as plank dance, let you practice ballistic movements that combine strength, cardio, and flexibility training, thereby helping you build strength, get lean and burn fat.
So ladies, get ready to have fun while burning fat!