This week, we are focused on our core muscles. Strengthening them should be the cornerstone of your workout. It's a foundation for a healthy body.
We start with crunches and it is important that you use proper form. Use your hands to make Mickey Mouse ears next to your head. Do not pull on your head. Breathe out as you come up and in as you go down.
To change it up, and work different areas of your abs, bring your knees up and cross your ankles or take those toes up in the air and unwrap them. Take your arms up and you are going to try to touch your toes. This move may take some time to work up to until your neck muscles get used to it.
Also, using a fitness ball is another way to do crunches. This is something you should work up to as well because this requires balance. It will also help your core. To stay on the ball, make sure that your feel feet are shoulder width apart and sitting on the side of the ball.
Planks are the final exercises. They build ab and lower back muscles. Hold it for as long as you can. Try to start with 30 seconds and over time build up to 2 1/2 minutes.