After my ab workout today I actually made time to stretch! It’s a #workoutwednesday miracle! I’m so bad at stretching after workouts, but I felt I really needed it today. My hips, glutes, shoulders, abs and chest are all feeling really tight. It doesn’t help that I have a desk job which leads to further tightening of these very areas. It felt like a quick core-workout kind of day which left me 10 minutes for a good stretch, which I very much enjoyed.
To complete this total core workout, all you will need is a stability ball. These exercises challenge the abdominal and core muscles from all angles. Plus the plank, stability ball knee tuck and elbow-to-knees also work the shoulders, triceps and chest muscles.
CORE CRUNCH CIRCUIT
Repeat the following circuit 4 times.
30 x Seconds Plank
25 x Straight-Leg Scissors
20 x Jackknife
15 x Stability Ball Knee Tuck
10 x Knee-to-Elbow High-Plank
Jackknife – Come all the way up and touch your toes!
Stability Ball Knee-Tuck
Knee-to-Elbow High Plank
Below are the stretches I did after my workout today. Anyone can benefit from these stretches, but especially those that work at a desk as they counteract the effects of sitting ie. tight and shortened muscles of the shoulders, chest, hips and hamstrings. Try taking breaks during the day and squeezing a few of these to increase flexibility, relieve tension and de-stress.
Pidgeon Pose – Hold 60 seconds/leg
Hip Flexor Stretch – Hold 60 seconds/leg
Ab and Chest Stretch on the Ball – Hold 60 seconds
Lying IT Band Stretch – Hold 60 seconds/leg
Standing Foward Fold with Shoulder Opener
Do you stretch after every workout?
What’s your favourite core exercise?