This was me last week having a mindful moment by the ocean after dropping the kids off at daycare and going for a morning run in the sunshine. So grateful for these moments. Makes me feel alive!
So , we want to move our body but find ways to do it efficiently. One of our biggest blocks when embarking on a new healthy habit is time. So this is why I tailor workouts to make sure they work as many muscle groups as possible.
Here are some exercises I filmed over the weekend......
Side planking is a great way to strengthen your core but at the same time it's working on your shoulders.
If you've never tried side planking before, start off by balancing on your shoulders instead of your hands.
Number 1 rule with side plank - make sure your shoulders are stacked in line with your hand or elbow.
If you're balancing on your hands, you may find it a little intense on your wrists, but these will strengthen up in time.
If your feet are slipping, place your feet against a wall.
I find when I start with any new client, they struggle with shoulder strength. I love finding those weak spots and showing my clients it's fixable! The more core work you do, the stronger your shoulders will become and the more variety you can add into your workout. Just be patient and be consistent with the practice.
Core work can be confronting at first and your mind likes to warn you off putting your body in such strange positions. But just give it time, I promise your strength and confidence will grow and you'll begin to enjoy challenging your mind and body at the same time. When we are put in uncomfortable positions like embarking on core work or increasing the intensity of it, it really invites resilience into the rest of your life. If you can achieve a crazy looking plank, then you can achieve other hurdles your faced with.
So many clients have been horrified when I've performed a core workout and asked them to do they same. They looked at me like I was crazy and insisted they couldn't....but they did it. You can't beat that look on their faces when they've realised they have actually done it. It's a moment of feeling they are capable and worthy of anything. Such a special moment.
Give these exercises a go, you can do them anywhere and I always love to hear how you've got on! Just comment below.