Improving your core and posture

Trainer Hlary Hagner shows us some exercises that will improve our core and posture
January 10, 2014 11:11:16 AM PST
A lot of us start the New Year off with resolutions. At the top of the list is often losing weight. All this week, we're showing you great ways to drop those extra pounds in the comfort of your own home.

With only 64 percent of people keeping their resolution through the first month, it's important to have a plan and stick to it. That's why personal trainer Hilary Hagner has come up with a detailed calendar of different exercises you can do every day to reach your goal. [PRINT CALENDAR]

Today, we're showing you how to improve your core and posture.

Perform each exercise for 1 minute then repeat for a total of 3-5 sets.

    1. Pirate Ships: Stand with your legs far apart and toes turned out as if you were going to do a plié squats. Both hands hold one DB down in front of you. Turn to your left and lift the DB up towards the sky with straight elbows. Stop the DB before going over head. Use momentum to swoop the DB over to your right. Continue to perform this exercise by making a "U" shape.

    2. Bent-Over Reverse Fly: Start with feet together, bend knees slightly, bend over at waist, leaving arms dangling below. With a flat back, lift arms out to the side and back down. The back is arched, not rounded, in this exercise.

    3. Jump Rope

    4. Mountain Climbers: Lower to ground, hands and feet on ground, hands under shoulders. Jog legs into chest. Beginners, walk legs into chest. Try for 30 seconds, move up to 60 seconds.

    5. Plank: Lower down to ground, elbows and forearms on ground parallel, shoulders over elbows. Extend feet out and lift body off ground. Keep hips low without arching back, tighten abs, back, glutes, inner thigh. Beginners, try holding this for 30 seconds and take a break. More advanced, we're going to do hip dips. Plank position, drop your right hip to the floor, up like a rainbow, and then the other hip. The key is the make sure you're doing a rainbow motion with your hips and not sinking down low.

BONUS EXERCISES

Perform each exercise for 1 minute then repeat for a total of 3-5 sets. Try to do a minimum of 20-30 minutes of cardio each designated day on the calendar.

Here are some examples:

Treadmill
Warm-up: Walk 5min
Jog/Run for 60sec, Walk for 1.5min
Repeat for 20min.
Cool-down: Walk 5min
Can be done outside, too

Elliptical
Warm-up: 5min
Sprint 1min. Rest 1.5min
Repeat for 20min
Cool-down: Walk 5min

Stairmill
Warm-up: Moderate for 5min
High Intensity for 60 sec. Moderate/Low Intensity 60 sec.
Repeat 10x.
Cool-down: Moderate 5min

Bicycle
Warm-Up: Moderate Intensity 5min
High Intensity for 90 sec.
Moderate Intensity for 3 min. Repeat for a total of 20min.
Cool-down: Moderate Intensity for 5min

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