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5 Core Exercises That Help You Finish Strong This may or may not be coming from personal experience, but sometimes the reason why some...

Top 5 Natural Core Exercises

5 Core Exercises That Help You Finish Strong

This may or may not be coming from personal experience, but sometimes the reason why some of us don’t go to the gym as much as others would find appropriate (for example, your girlfriend) is because it’s hard to stay focused when you’re staring at a middle aged man’s back sweat while you’re on the treadmill, or concentrating more on avoiding eye contact through the mirror when lifting dumbbells with a group of random men.

Luckily though, “real life” offers plenty of natural alternatives to the gym, for those of us that need a less mundane choice of scenery. And by “natural,” I’m Oh yea, and why is this article only focusing on abdominal muscles? Because they are the most important type of muscle… having a strong core will reduce the risk of injury as well as add power and stability to the rest of your body.

1. Bicycling
Bicycling was found to be the most effective motion for developing strength in your abdominals and obliques by a study carried out by the American Council on Exercise at San Diego State University in 2001. Since biking can be a very exploratory way to exercise, it’s guaranteed to be a lot more entertaining than doing crunches in the gym.

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2. Rock Climbing
Many people don’t know how to rock climb properly, and neither do I.

But what I do know is that holding the weight of your body like that doesn’t only do wonders for your core muscles, but increases stability, muscle endurance, as well as the psychosomatic networks that your body and mind share, since you’re forcing your mind to manage pretty much all of your body’s muscles, encouraging your mind to improve its mental map and the way it disperses force through the muscles.

3. River Rafting
I’ve had enough experience with the river rafting game at Dave & Busters to know that it’s a great way to make your abs feel like you belly flopped off an Olympic size diving board the next morning.

Much of your attention is being paid to trying to navigate the river without capsizing and drowning, which not only acts as a mild form of hypnosis, distracting your body from the strenuous work, but increases your sense of balance since it’s a valuable skill if you’re trying to stay on the raft.

4. Hiking
Hiking up a hill may seem like something you only need to do if you live in a third world country or are serving a tour in Afghanistan, but it is actually one of the most effective exercises for building muscle in your legs.

Running against gravity does not only add more resistance, leading to more muscle growth in your quadriceps, but it also forces your body to expand and quicken your stride in order to maintain your “regular” pace while also going uphill. Plus, running up a hill is considered an “explosive” movement, which builds fast twitch muscle, increasing your power and speed.

5. Snorkeling
Snorkeling may not seem like the most physically intensive exercise, and it isn’t. Although swimming laps is a much more efficient workout than snorkeling, the point of this article is to provide you with fun ways to exercise.

To do this, the name of the game is to distract yourself from the fact that you’re doing painful exercise as much as possible. And what is more distracting than staring down at the bottom of the ocean through a pair of goggles? Probably staring at a shark swimming in your direction, but you get my point.

Also, when you take into the account that ocean currents provide a steady amount of resistance for your legs and your core to work against, snorkeling isn’t that much easier of a workout than swimming at all.

There are other great ways to workout your abs such as palm tree climbing (I didn’t include it since the only places that have palm trees that aren’t owned by someone are in tropical areas), but the trick is to find the one that you enjoy the most.

Time flies when you’re having fun, so why not apply it to something normally anxiety-inducing such as exercise. Once you find out what you truly enjoy and successfully integrate it with a type of workout, only then can you cancel your membership to your creepy local gym.

Related ebook on amazon:
The Core Program: Fifteen Minutes a Day That Can Change Your Life