What are core stabilization exercises? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada
By Brooke Strickland and Dr. Andrew Cash
Core stability exercises are great ways to develop better posture as well as better balance. For runners, these exercises can help with running in the proper form and are a great thing to add to your training regimen. In addition, when your core is strong, you naturally have the ability to open your lungs and breathe more air, especially while exercising. In addition core stabilization exercises can also help patients in healing low back pain or tendon injury.
What are the exercises to start incorporating into your workout?
Planks: You can either hold your body in a straight position, supported by your elbows and toes, or you can do a side plank, which means you’ll lie on one side and have the top hip is above the bottom hip.
Bridge: Lie on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, then squeeze your gluteal muscles and push your hips back until you have a straight line through the knee and hip. Always make sure your shoulders and upper body stay on the floor.
Crunches: Crunches can be done by lying on the back with the right ankle on the left knee. Put the right arm on the floor, to the side, keeping the shoulder down, and curl the left shoulder up. This is a great exercise to work the obliques.
There are also a variety of exercises that you can do with medicine balls, such as sitting and twisting, sitting at a 45 degree angle while catching and passing, or doing a sit up and throw exercise.
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