Siobhán Byrne: Simple core exercises to do that are crucial for your mobility

Over the last number of weeks I’ve shared some of the key movements that I use on a regular basis with clients to help maintain and improve their mobility.

I also discussed the other factors you need to consider in order to help improve flexibility. Once all these factors are combined together, this is when you really start to see notable changes.

This week I’m talking about core strength and why it’s crucial for your mobility. The core plays a huge role in stabilising the body and if it does not have the ability to stabilise, it will need to pull from another area in the body to do this function. This means tendons, joints and other surrounding muscles working overtime to do the job of the core and of course in time, this will lead to tightness, which can lead to injury and therefore pain.

Yet again, just like mobility drills I see little point spending all your workout doing this. Through experience over the years, keeping things simple and developing a short but effective workout that you can sustain long-term, will be the key component in you getting what you set out to achieve.

While mobility may be a current buzz word at the moment, it shouldn’t become a fad, nor does it need to take over your workout. Simply include a few minutes of mobility exercises into your workout routine and you will still reap all the benefits ­- without the fear of giving up along the way.

Today I’m going to give you a number of core exercise that can also be used within your mobility drills.

Very similar to working out abs, working your core does not mean training for a long time, just concentrate on engaging your core throughout every exercise and add in a few core specific exercises.

  • Start by lying face down with arms stretched out overhead. With palms facing down and legs straight then simply raise your head, shoulders and lower legs up as you swing your arms back to your sides keeping palms down.
  • Start by sitting on the floor, legs straight in front and your hands about 10 inches away from your bottom with fingers pointing down. Then simply lift your hips up, pointing your toes with your arms straight looking at the ceiling. Hold for a few moments then rest and repeat.

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