No matter what the latest fitness trend – big buts, round shoulders, small waist. There’s one thing that will always be in style – a strong core.
So much of the fitness industry relies on the aesthetic benefits of regular exercise. Scroll through Instagram and you’ll see a plethora of toned women with minimal body fat and well endowed chest and booty. These images aren’t only toxic for our own body-image (if we don’t look like that), they can be completely un-motivating. There may have even been times you completely gave up on exercising and eating well because you thought, “What’s the point? I’ll never look like that!”
Let me tell you, the point is to live a long, mobile life. Staying active, building muscle, and putting nutrient-dense food in our bellies is imperative to reducing your risk of chronic pain, disease, osteoporosis (bone-density loss), diabetes, and a number of age-related musculoskeletal surgeries down the road.
One of the best ways to avoid chronic pain related to poor posture is to train your core. This is especially true if you have a sedentary, desk job! So much of our day is spent sitting, if you don’t have a strong core to help you sit up right, you’re putting a ton of strain on your lower back and hip flexors.
And, yes, training your core can help you tone your middle. But to be completely honest with you, this workout alone won’t give you flat, sculpted abs. It will build your core muscles, but nutrition is key to showing them off (stay tuned for more by subscribing!).
This 20-minute workout is perfect to do at home before or after work, on your lunch break, while the kids are napping, or on vacation because it can be done virtually anywhere! Grab a mat, let’s do this #bossbabe.