Want to improve your core strength, but just getting back into fitness (or even for the first time) in 2021? While many people might be able to tackle some of our best exercises for weight loss straight away, a lot of these are very high-impact, intense exercises, and won't be suitable for everybody.
If kettlebell swings and burpees look intimidating, you could try this three minute restorative fitness workout from top PT Louisa Drake (opens in new tab), in a video created exclusively for Fit&Well. Drake's method doesn't contain any high-impact movements: it's all done on the hands and knees, which is great for people with weight or joint issues.
Check the video out in full below:
Core strength: Why do this workout?
Drake's workout will tone your arms, legs, shoulders and, most importantly, your core. If you're looking to progress to more advanced exercises later in the year, this a great foundation on which to build. You don't even need any kit: just a bit of floor space and one of our best yoga mats.
Your core is used in every single exercise you can think of, from maintaining correct form while running or lifting weights, to twisting and turning while you dance, box, roller-skate or perform virtually any active discipline. A strong core even helps in old age: one study (opens in new tab) found core strength was essential in maintaining stability in the elderly, helping them with mobility and performing everyday tasks.
Speaking of mobility, this workout will also help you stretch your hips and hamstrings, improving the range of motion in those areas. If you do start running or playing sports later down the line, a greater range of motion will prevent injury.
Get Fit for 2021 with Fit&Well
As the sun rises on a brand new year, Fit&Well is here to help put last year behind you and make 2021 your happiest, healthiest yet. Here at fitandwell.com, we’ll be bringing you a wealth of workouts, diet plans and expert advice throughout January to help kick-start your health and fitness goals.
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and is currently Fitness and Wellbeing Editor at TechRadar, covering all things exercise and nutrition on Fit&Well's tech-focused sister site. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen runner, gym-goer, and infrequent yogi. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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