I don’t think people realize how much we use our core! A basic exercise routine can be very beneficial for every move we make in life. Everything comes from the center of the body. Here, I will review some of the core workouts, and you can decide for yourself which core workout might be best for you.

Core workouts are something of a catchphrase in fitness right now, and many people are taking notice. But, the importance of this type of routine is even greater than what people think. Every move, even picking up the groceries, comes from the core.

Yoga: Yoga is mostly basic! Every movement in yoga relies on the core muscles. Yoga is an excellent fitness program on many levels. It helps to gain flexibility as well as muscular strength and endurance. The other thing about yoga that is so interesting is all the different helpful benefits. It is said to regulate heart rate and much more. A yoga instructor explained it to me like this. He said, “Yoga massages your internal organs.” I’ve taken several yoga classes and you’ll be in a pose and you’ll hear the teacher say, “This is opening up your adrenal glands.” It is a fascinating and good practice for people of all ages. It can be a great basic exercise on its own or a great addition to your current exercise practices.

Boxing: It seems that boxing can be your arms, but it is not! My arm on its own can be pretty weak, but when I throw my body into it (my core!), that same punch becomes much, much more powerful. This is a great exercise for anyone who wants to improve their health. Many trainers are now also discovering the emotional benefits of boxing. It can be quite empowering for people, and many of my clients have found that they get a great emotional release from putting on the boxing gloves and letting the heavy bag hang on. After a great workout, they get a sense of calm and general well-being. And on top of all that, who wouldn’t want the amazingly great physique of a boxer? They are agile, fast, powerful and strong!

These are just two basic workouts, there are many, many out there! Try them out for yourself and see what you like to do, and then stick with it! You will find one that you fall in love with!

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