7 Great Core Strengthening Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo

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Core strengthening exercises are great for improving your core strength. They can help prevent injury, increase core stability, and improve balance. I start with some beginner core exercises & then progresses to harder ones. More core exercises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsWYPWmzt5s&t=0s&list=PLPS8D21t0eO-RMUZw1CSzzYRotJNy2MaM&index=3

Progress through these core strength exercises at your own pace. If this is your first time doing core exercises, you may not be ready for the last ones yet. It’s better to do the easy ones first and then see how you feel the next day.

The first exercise is a pelvic tilt. This is great to get the core moving, and strengthening the whole pelvic area.

The second core exercise is going into a bridge. This not only works your core, but it also works your glutes and hamstrings. If two legs are easy, you can do them with one leg at a time.

The third exercise is with a Swiss or therapy ball. A prayer plank on the ball is a great way to activate your core. You can do this modified or a full plank.

Next you will do a trunk rotation lying down with your feet on the ball. This is great for your oblique muscles. You can also do the trunk rotation seated on the ball. Using a weight will give you an extra workout, but you don’t have to use one.

Now for some harder ones for core strengthening. This one is in tall kneeling, and you will lean back slightly. You can have someone hold onto your feet, or you can place them under something for support. When you are ready, you can do them without any support. This works your core, glutes, hamstrings, and quads.

Finally you will do a standing march with elbow tap. You can do this on the same side or opposite sides. Try not do bend your back forward, and use your core to lift your knees.

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StarFire says:

Hey Doc, I'm a 19yo female who's skinny but my my hips and things along with lower belly are a bit fat. No work out seems to help and idk what to do! Can you please give your valuable advice?

Mariah Brown says:

Would these be good for someone who had umbilical hernia repair surgery 4 years ago?

الاء حسين says:

Hi Dr. Iam a physiotherapist and i want to ask you about OKC &CKC for ACL injury
Can you make a vedio about it please??

Devda Siddhraj says:

Thanks medam

Shiri Sheep says:

Looks interesting! If I don’t have a ball is there any at-home substitute I can use?

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Ruth Ellen Wearne says:

10 years after a C-section I’m loving these exercises! I’m going to claim back my core! 👍🏻

Louise Baker says:

Hi I'm suffering a lot of stomach sickness would you suggest anything light for strenthing the stomach

Dario Wirtha says:

I cant do crunches

Georgia McIntosh says:

Dr. Jo question here, the king stabilizer ball is unavailable at Amazon when I clicked your link. So what other recommendations do you suggest to purchase that’s just as great???

Lisa Gonzales says:

Hello Dr Jo is there a printout for these exercises?



Ishrat Fatima says:

Thanks A lot… I had bock bone pain and know after watching this video and doing exercise like this…. I am felling very better

Spitu says:

You are literally proving that this works when you do this exercise, when i did the 2nd exercise i definitely did feel my muscles working better.

Nurse Maria says:

I am an old subscriber. I had a c section a month ago how often can I do these. And when can I start

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Anne-Marie ‘Ria’ Mitchell says:

Can you tell me if I can do this from my bed or is it bad for me. I’ve been in bed for 15 years and lost my core standing and walking hurt so much please advise I’ve subscribed

Donna says:

Another great informative tutorial!! Thank you so much 💜💫

blue khan says:

Hi dr jo! I have low back pain and have compensated my left side severely by only relying on my right side. Recently I started doing core exercises to get better and they’ve helped me a lot but I want to know what else can I do to strengthen my left leg / left lower side of the body.

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