A Core Exercise for Beginners or Advanced Athletes

Core exercise #2: Bird Dog.  Check out this video that demonstrates a core strengthening exercise with four levels for your to customize it with your current ability.  This video does a good job at emphasizing body position and correct limb motions.  Remember that with core exercises, form is everything.  You can cause aches and pains by falling out of good body positioning.  It’s good to reassess how you’re doing any core exercises after a few weeks because our form and muscles can sometimes slip into ways that are easier, but not necessarily beneficial.  The Bird Dog core exercise builds your abdominal muscles, butt, thighs, and back.  All of these work to stabilize your body and a stable body is more likely to have a better recovery when off balance, thereby preventing a fall.  You could avoid a trip to see Dr. Jim Van Horne or Dr. Rob Bents with a bone, muscle, tendon, or ligament injury.  Start your strengthening today while you watch the evening news!