5 Standing Core Exercises in 5 Minutes

Introduction

Short on time? No problem! In just 5 minutes, we'll take you through five standing core exercises that will help you build a stronger core without needing to hit the floor.

Standing Bicycle Crunches

Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands behind your head. Lift your right knee and bring your left elbow toward it. Alternate sides. This exercise targets your obliques and gets your heart rate up.

Standing Side Leg Lifts

Stand tall with your feet together. Lift your left leg out to the side while keeping it straight. Lower it down and repeat on the right side. This move works your core and outer thighs.

Standing Knee to Elbow Crunches

Place your hands behind your head. Lift your right knee while bringing your left elbow towards it. Switch sides, working your obliques and improving balance.

Standing Russian Twists

Hold a weight or water bottle with both hands. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Twist your torso to the right, then to the left, engaging your obliques with each twist.

Quick Warm-up

Take 15 seconds to do light marching in place to warm up your muscles.

Standing Bicycle Crunches (Repeat)

Return to standing bicycle crunches for 30 seconds.

Standing Side Leg Lifts (Repeat)

Return to side leg lifts for 30 seconds.

Standing Knee to Elbow Crunches (Repeat)

Go back to knee to elbow crunches for 30 seconds.

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