Core Strength: 3 Exercises to Look and Feel Better

What is “core strength”, and what does it do for us?

Core strength is the ability to stabilize one part of the body to be able to move another part. Your core includes hundreds of muscles predominantly within the trunk, hips, and shoulder girdle.

Core strength makes you look and feel like a champ by improving posture, and giving you a strong confident appearance.

Get Core Strength with these 3 exercises:

  1. Single Leg Bridge: Lie on back pulling one knee to your chest. Lift your hips from the surface. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 5 times on each
  2. Hip Hinge: Stand on one leg with a weight in opposite hand. Slowly reach the weight towards the floor keeping the back straight. Keep control of the movement and return to the start position. Repeat for 2 sets of 15 repetitions.
  3. Lower Trunk Rotation: Lie on your back with arms out to the sides and the knees up. Slowly rotate to the left while maintaining both shoulder blades in contact with the floor. Control the side to side movement of your legs, by keeping your lower back flat. Slowly rotate your legs back and forth from side to side. Repeat for 2 sets of 10 times each.
Single Leg bridge
Hip Hinge
Lower trunk rotation

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Physical Therapy Month- Exercise Challenge of the Week, The Sit to Stand

This week’s exercise challenge is the sit to stand. The sit to stand is a great exercise for trunk and lower body strength. It is a fundamental movement pattern and can be a great tool to identify asymmetries and unilateral weaknesses. Perform slowly with controlled movements. Notice if you favor one side or the other.  Work to be as symmetrical as possible. Repeat 10-15 repetitions 3 times this week.

Check out this video to learn how to include the right sit to stand exercise for you.

Thank you for recognizing Physical Therapy Month and participating in our exercise challenge. We’d love to here what you think of the exercises and invite you to comment on your favorite exercises.

For more information on Physical Therapy please contact us.

Disclaimer: The information provided on Baudry Therapy Center ’s website and blog is presented for information and educational purposes only. This general information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition nor to replace diagnosis or treatment by your healthcare professional. Before beginning light or moderate intensity physical activities, we encourage you to talk with your healthcare provider about health and exercise as part of your everyday routine. Baudry Therapy Center and its respective agents, heirs, assigns, contractors and employee’s will not be held liable for any injury incurred or exacerbated while performing any exercises, stretches, or any other activity related to the content and information available on this website.