Here are a few different exercises that can be used to strengthen the core at home – no equipment required!
The exercises range in their difficulty so find an exercise that you can do quite comfortably and then progress onto harder variations.
Remember, core strength is NOT associated with reduced risk of lower back pain. In fact, many people with lower back have an OVER active core, not an underactive core.
If you find these exercises exacerbate your back pain, stop and choose an exercise that doesn’t. If you’re still getting pain, discuss with your physiotherapist and they will be able to tailor exercises that will help improve the problem.
Andrew Clark is a father of 3 and the owner and principal physiotherapist at Clinical Physiotherapy, St Ives. He graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Sydney in 2010 and has since had 10 years experience working in musculoskeletal private practice. He has undergone extensive professional development and has experience treating a wide variety of patients and musculoskeletal conditions.