I could really do with strengthening my core. I have lower back pain and also tend to hold all my stress in my pelvis so I could do with some relaxation ideas too. I can't make a gym and there is no Crossfit in my area and I'm lazy lol. I stand up all day for work and I never wear heels. Although I've not got any excess weight I feel 'flabby' round the middle. Any suggestions please.
I recommend an ab roller. It's cheap, fast, brutal, and hits the most important muscles (transverse). See how easy it is: How I Ended My Lower Back Pain - Part 6: Ab Wheel.
Can you take yoga classes? I've found yoga to be the perfect mix of strength-building and tension-relieving exercises. I am not naturally flexible and carry tension in my neck, shoulders, and pelvis - it's helped me a ton. A lot of instructors incorporate meditation, breathing and relaxation techniques as well.
Handstands for time are great... do 5-10 of them every day. Keep your head down & keep everything straight (toes pointed). V-ups are good, too... either in repetition or just holding one for 3-4 minutes.
It's hard to underdeveloped core if you're strong elsewhere. In other words, functional strength means adequate core strength. But I also like back extensions on a swiss ball. Really feel it in the lower back area. A swiss ball is great for getting the midsection stretched out too.
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