3 Easy Moves for a Stronger Core

3 Easy Moves for a Stronger Core

Want to get or stay in a little better shape? Of course you do! Get started with these simple exercises.


Being a busy mom shouldn’t be an excuse for not working out, it should be a reason to do it. Being “in shape” means many different things and comes in many different forms, but being in shape is as much about feeling your best, feeling confident and feeling like you accomplished something as it is about how well your clothes fit.

With no time to hit the gym and no desire to start another fad exercise program, let’s talk about real, actionable workouts you can do on your time.

Let’s start with your core.

Are these exercises going to get you into a body building competition? Probably not. Will they help you feel better and more accomplished? Absolutely.

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As always, speak with your physician before starting any exercise regimen.

To focus on your tummy, do two sets of 12 reps for each of these moves. You can also do two sets of 12 reps of only one move and combine it with other exercises.

1. For Your Waist

  1. Lie on your back with your right ankle over your left knee, your left hand behind your head and your right arm on the floor
  2. 2. Lift your left shoulder blade off the floor, bringing your shoulder toward your right knee. Go back down
  3. 3. Repeat for one set on this side, then switch sides and do another

2. For Your Tummy

  1. Lying with your back on the floor, rest your left heel on top of your right toe. Support your neck with your left hand and hold a dumbbell in the air with your right. (If you don’t have a dumbbell, you can still do the exercise without it – or use a can of soup or some other small, hefty object)
  2. 2. Bring your shoulders off the floor until you feel your lower abs working and hold this position for a second at the top, then go back down. Remember: This is one move!

3. For Your Love Handles

  1. Lie on the floor on your right side, legs straight out, toes pointed
  2. 2. Squeeze your butt and pull your bellybutton in toward your spine
  3. 3. Rest your head on your arm. Place your left hand on the floor in front of you
  4. Keep your left leg straight and raise it in line with your body until you feel your obliques tightening. Hold for a couple of seconds, and lower

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