If you've ever spent time in the check-out line of a grocery store you've probably seen the words "Core Strength" screaming out at you in all-caps from any number of magazine covers. But how many of us know really understand what our 'core' is or what exactly makes it so important in the first place? You can think of your core as the link between your upper and your lower body. It doesn't just include your abs but also the muscles on your sides (known as your obliques) and the back, and together these act as the body's main stabilizers.
Let's face it, we all have dreams of making it to the gym, joining classes and getting our workouts in regularly. But with busy schedules, it's not always that easy. Even if you have a gym membership or go to classes regularly, I still recommend having a few things at home to help you get in a great workout if you're short on time or can't get out of the house (sleeping babies come to mind ;)
If you’re getting sick of the same workout with the same equipment, then this is the workout for you. Try switching your traditional dumbbells for some kettle bells! Why you ask? The kettlebell is a great way to build strength and work your core at the same time. Its uneven center-of-gravity forces your body to constantly adjust itself to maintain balance throughout the entire exercise. It’s a great tool to help your body prepare for real life movements such as carrying your child or a suitcase. Also, its unique shape lets you carry momentum through exercises; think kettlebell swing.