The office workout
The following routine is a great way to ease into core work. You can do these four exercises at work, without your colleagues being any the wiser. You can do these exercises at home, too, thanks to simple variations. The front plank, for example, can be done while either leaning on your desk or using the kitchen counter to support your weight.
Equipment needed: Desk (a table or countertop is also fine), exercise mat, and sturdy chair.
To learn more about building a strong core, buy Gentle Core Exercises, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.
Feeling uninspired about tackling a core workout?
Sticking with exercise isn't always easy, but setting goals and having a plan for when your motivation lags can help. If you're spending more time finding excuses than doing those planks and bridges, try taking a look at the list below for some inspiration.
Doing core exercises regularly will
- keep your back strong and flexible, which will help you avoid low back pain
- ease back pain or stiffness so you can move, sit, and sleep comfortably
- enhance your balance and stability, which will help prevent falls and make walking and other activities easier
- reclaim the strength and flexibility you need for everyday movements like bending, turning, and lifting
- build up the strength and flexibility you need for on-the-job tasks like lifting heavy items, twisting, or standing or sitting at a desk for hours
- add power to activities you enjoy, like tennis, running, golf, kayaking, gardening — or any other active pursuit
- improve your posture, which can trim your figure visually and help prevent back injuries
- help tone your waistline
- spice up your regular workouts by adding variation.
For more ways to keep your core muscles strong and working for you, buy Gentle Core Exercises, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.
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