My Core Workout

My Core Workout

By Tania Van Pelt

The past 3 days I’ve done Anita Goa’s core workout she created for Happiness Series. And I have to admit I feel stronger in my core. Is this only in my head? Maybe. But I definitely feel more confident in my new bikini.

 

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I first met Anita at Yoga Works in NYC. Every Monday at 7PM I took her class. She has always been a super cheerful, fun, and funny person. I always felt like she was on the verge of laughing at a hilarious joke. She’s that kind of person. She talks with a smile in her voice. And her classes? They were so much fun. And hard. Some of the teachers at the studio were moving in a more serious, Iyengar direction. That’s good for strength building but for me, I wanted to move. And taking Anita’s class was a tonic to all that take-yourself-serious yoga-speak. Frankly, her class kicked ass. It was fun, silly, hard, and we got a great workout. Plus her music rocked. And somehow, like a good mom sneaking spinach in her brownies, she taught us life lessons while making us sweat & work.

 

The talented & inspiring Anita Goa

When I first watched the video, I thought, “Anita, that’s easy. No problemo. Shouldn’t core workouts be harder?” Well, it’s harder than it looks. Balancing on that ball? It’s hard. And kinda fun. Because you feel silly as you jockey for position and try to keep it together. And then lifting one leg at a time. Forget about it. But when you master that. It’s a great, confidence building feeling. Anita says in the episode that the core is where we get our confidence, ergo a strong core is key to a confident person. It’s also great for your back and your health in general. A strong core mitigates back problems, headaches, and injuries. In fact, it’s never too late to begin strengthing your core regardless of age. No excuses.

This is from the University of Indiana: “Judy Shettleroe, 74, and Gen Shelton, 64, take really good care of… their core muscles. They began paying attention to these all-important muscles surrounding their back, front, hips and pelvis only a few years ago and literally shudder to think what their lives might be like if they hadn’t started. ‘It really builds your confidence,’ said Shettleroe, who began working on her core and balance after she and her husband, Bob, tumbled down an escalator while traveling abroad. Instead of staying home to avoid falls, they went the YMCA of Monroe County. ‘I’m watching my friends fall apart, the ones who don’t exercise. Why would you want to settle for settling?’ AND ‘Core stability and postural alignment ultimately define our presence. That’s pretty profound, but it expresses our poise and confidence and most importantly it determines whether we can move efficiently and effectively,’ Miller said. ‘Every move that we make is initiated through the core of the body.’”

So why wouldn’t we want a strong core? Toned abs look good and they’re confidence building. FIVE minutes a day on the stability ball, you’ll notice a difference within 2 weeks. You can improve self esteem by building your core inner strength.

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So it was to Anita I went when I wanted a video about building a strong core. She’s got the chops. She’s a great teacher and she has rockin’ abs. Plus she’s all about safety and doing exercise smartly. I’ve been a fan of her Anita Goa TV since it’s inception. And I’m so happy she’s a part of our Happiness Series team as a conributor, guest star, and expert. Lucky me! And lucky us!

Please let me know if you have any great core exercises we should know about. And let us know how these exercises are working for you! We want to hear from you.

For more fitness advice & inspiration, check out Anita's book

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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.

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