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How to Get Max Results From Core Workouts

By Sandy Schroeder

We all know core workouts are key parts of our fitness plans, but hanging in there to make them happen can be tricky. For me it is a balancing act. Sometimes I am motivated but there is no time. Other times I am just not in the mood, but the time is available.

Harvard Health suggests you set goals and use a few tips to boost motivation.

Find some pockets of time - To make that core session happen, find comfortable spots in your day. You might get up 15 minutes early, or give up a half hour of TV time in the evening. Or you might go in to work a little early and leave a little early to provide a slot for exercise right after work. If the juggling feels comfortable it may become a welcome habit.

Page through your goals and  benefits - Think about how much better your back may feel when you do stretches and core exercises. Or remind yourself how much better your balance is when you do regular core exercises.

Make a pact with a workout buddy - Keeping each other honest about showing up for regular sessions usually works. Use a Skype setup online to share a workout, or do it the old-fashioned way and ring their doorbell. It is all about implanting good exercise habits that take root and just keep growing in importance.

Slip in core exercises everywhere you go - Do a few stretches after your morning shower. Take a mat to work and do a short yoga session after lunch or during breaks. Stand and do one-legged balance poses while you talk on the phone. Do a front plank using your desk at work or your kitchen counter at home.

Use daily cues to signal exercise - Check your posture while you wait for the light to change. Do knee lifts while your computer is coming up.

Reward every step forward - Pick rewards that really count for you and use them to keep you moving through one core workout session after another. Think in terms of new exercise gear, special travel rewards, or hats, shoes or jewelry. Whatever you would really like to have might keep you moving more often. Set two- to four-week goals and make sure the rewards happen when you have earned them.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goodyear, Ariz.

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