Crawling Like a Baby to Strengthen Core Muscles: Yeah That’s a Thing!

If you’re looking for an exercise to strengthen your core muscles, have you ever thought of crawling like a baby?

It may sound bizarre, but professional athletes and physical therapy patients are crawling around like babies for exercise.

Crawling tones all over

It engages your calves, quads, glutes, shoulder girdle, deep abdominal muscles, and muscles in your hips and feet. Danielle Johnson, a physical therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program says “You can crawl in many ways. You can crawl on your hands and knees. You can also prop up on your toes and just hover, one or two inches above the ground, which is really going to pull in those core muscles and work those muscles effectively.” No matter which type you choose, you’ll be working your whole body.

Based on the position you are in when you’re crawling, you have to contract your abdominal muscles, and you also have to use your back muscles and your other core muscles to maintain that position and propel yourself.