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A super effective core exercise no one does (hardly ever) 

Two words are guaranteed to get more attention than almost anything else I write about: walking and abs.

Every time I check my website analytics, send out a survey, or otherwise take the pulse of my readers, three things pop up:

  1. Ab Workouts come out on top
  2. Walking is a close second place
  3. No one wants to give up wine. Or ice cream.

So… leaving wine and ice cream for another day… 

I wanted to talk about an ab and core exercise that will challenge even the most diehard core and ab fans – and I’ve also included a modified version to help you work up to the tougher original.

I started doing these guys at home since we all started living in underground bunkers a few months ago.

No equipment needed, just two washcloths and an uncarpeted floor. And true grit.

Or if you want to get fancy you can do as I did and splurge on Amazon for ones you can use on carpeting or hardwood floors HERE.

Warning: This is a toughie. And if you have back pain do NOT do it.

Or if you have not regularly performed any other core exercises such as planks, you’ll need to work your way up to this.

Otherwise, have at it…

Called Mountain Climbers, you’re basically “running” in place while keeping your core engaged. 

  1. Start in a push-up position with the discs/washcloths under each foot
  2. Bring one knee up towards your chest and then alternate switching feet in a running motion, all the while keeping your abs tight.
  3. Do as many as you can. Rest 60 seconds and repeat for 2 to 3 sets. 

You’ll need not only a solid core but a strong upper body as well.

But you CAN do this! Go slowly, ease into it with this modified version if you need to work up to it. 

Here’s a modified version and verbal instruction on my YouTube channel: 

And here are a few other posts you may like:

How to Boost Your Walking Workout

A super simple, fat-burning cardio routine you can do at home (without equipment)

How to avoid home workout injuries before they happen

That’s it! Try it and let me know how you did by leaving a comment below…

Your Ageless Body Coach,

 

About the Author Linda Melone

Linda Melone is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, certified trainer and award-winning health and fitness writer. She specializes in helping women over 50 get in shape and lose weight.

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Elaine Dodge says

Hi, Please can you advise on which exercises,if any, I can do to naturally tighten my lower esophageal sphincter (LES), (the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach) as I suffer from GERD and currently can’t afford surgery. Thanks

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    Linda Melone says

    Hi Elaine! That’s a muscle outside the scope of a fitness plan :). But try asking your doctor or physical therapist.

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