Develop your core and boost your metabolism with these eight moves

If you’re tight on time or like super-efficient workouts, strengthening your core is the best place to start. Your core (the muscles around your stomach) is responsible for your posture, mobility, and balance, and connects your upper and lower body to improve your workout performance. 

Although you can use weights to work your mid-section, there are plenty of equipment-free core strengthening exercises for when you’re traveling, away from the gym, or exercising at home. Rolling out a yoga mat can make things a bit more comfortable, but it’s not essential. 

This short eight-move workout comes from NASM-certified personal trainer Sydney Cummings Houdyshell, who guides you through the entire routine in the video below. Pay close attention to the trainer’s movements, and try to copy her technique for each exercise.

This will help you perfect your form to get the most from your training and avoid injury in the

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