Tip of the Day: Abs of Steel

Your core is very important for sport and exercise. And it is often neglected, unless to work towards the infamous 6-pack! But a lot of injuries and back pain can be brought down to a weak core, especially if you sit at a computer all day. Hundreds of sit-ups a day doesn’t necessarily mean you will have a strong core, or a 6-pack for that matter. Here is a good exercise for working on your core:

The Plank: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHQmRINu4jU

If you’re a beginner and have quite a weak core start doing the plank on your knees. If you’re more advanced you can make it harder by lifting one leg off the ground at a time and holding it for a few seconds. The aim is to hold it for as long as possible, increasing the time every week. Try to get to 60 seconds or more.

Tip: Bring your belly button towards your spine. The aim is to contract and engage your core to support your lower back. When your lower back starts to sag or hurt, stop. Build your time up gradually.