When thinking of a ‘strong core’, some envision washboard abs; while that may be motivation for exercising, there are plenty of other benefits to building a strong torso.
There’s much more than having a toned tummy; our core isn’t just our exterior muscles and what they look like, but it’s our body’s powerhouse. Protecting our inner organs, it also houses the central nervous system. Daily movements like sitting, lifting, running and walking are all affected by how strong or weak our core is.
When we build a strong and stable core it helps to increase mobility and create a confident posture, while preventing injuries such as back pain.
Try these three poses to strengthen your core:
These poses are convenient to do and with no equipment necessary, you can do them anywhere! Try three rounds of each when you wake up and before going to bed, working towards maintaining a strong core.
Have fun with it, try different variations to challenge instability and increase range of motion. To learn more variations and put into practice with a full sequence, come to Urban Yoga Dubai (www.UrbanYoga.ae) located at Executive Towers in Business Bay and try a Strala Yoga class with me, let’s meet on the mat!
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Trampoline fitness has gained momentum in the UAE with the rise of indoor trampoline parks.
Bouncing up and down on a trampoline may seem juvenile, but it is now a great way to burn lots of calories in just an hour, as well as offering an escape from the drudgery of a gym workout.
Hesham Kamel, head coach at Flipout Dubai, talks about the many benefits of trampolining.
If you train in the morning and find yourself rushing for that post recovery snack, we suggest trying a simple shake that takes two minutes.
It’ll provide you with protein, carbs and some sugars to keep you motivated throughout the morning.
People underestimate the importance of morning snacks, whether it’s cereal, porridge or shakes, so try to include at least one in your diet before work.
Here’s the ingredients of the shake and how to make it.
½ cup of frozen red berries
1 cup of milk (skimmed)
1 scoop of peanut butter (if you’re allergic to peanuts then don’t include)
one scoop of any protein
one scoop of low-fat yogurt.
HOW TO MAKE IT?
Put all the ingredients in a blender together and mix well. Add some ice if the smoothie is slightly warm… and drink up!