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Core Strengthening Exercises

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about core strengthening exercises?

Your core includes the muscles of your lower back, hip, pelvis, and abdomen. Core strengthening exercises help heal and strengthen these muscles. This helps prevent another injury, and keeps your pelvis, spine, and hips in the correct position.

What do I need to know about exercise safety?

Talk to your healthcare provider before you start an exercise program. A physical therapist can teach you how to do core strengthening exercises safely.

How do I perform core strengthening exercises?

Your healthcare provider will tell you how often to do these exercises. The provider will also tell you how many repetitions of each exercise you should do. Hold each exercise for 5 seconds or as directed. As you get stronger, increase your hold to 10 to 15 seconds. You can do some of these exercises on a stability ball, or with a weight. Ask your healthcare provider how to use a stability ball or weight for these exercises:

When should I call my doctor or physical therapist?

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