Core training does 2 very important things. First, it supports your spine and second it helps with balance. Core strength makes everyday activities easier.
The core is actually made up of 3 groups of muscles: the upper abs, the side muscles which are called the obliques and then the very deep layer of muscles. Those deep muscles are the ones that are so vitally important to our everyday movements. They support your spine as if you are wearing a weight training belt or corset so when you work them, you will not only get a flatter stomach, but a tighter stomach as well. Core training should be done 2- 3 times a week for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Here is one of my favourite routines:
Leg raise/ crunch dropset 12-1 dropset
Lie on the floor facing the ceiling, place your hands under your bottom. Extend you legs out and slowly lift them all the way up until your legs are on a 90 degree angle from your body, then slowly lower. Do this for 12 reps.
Lying on floor knees bent, and feet flat on the floor. Put your hands in behind your head for support and slowly lift your head and shoulders off the ground as you press your lower back into the floor. Pause at the top and then slowly lower. Do not rest your head on the ground. Do this for 12 reps.
Repeat this sequence of raises for the second set 11 times, third set 10, fourth set 9 …and keep going until you hit 1 rep. This is a quick, intense, and effective core routine that will give you flat abs and awesome results.
Having a strong core not only makes you look great, but it holds your posture, balance and supports the rest of your body too.