Feeling uninspired about tackling a core workout?

core workout

Published: August, 2014

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, read Gentle Core Exercises, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School.

Image: DeanDrobot/Thinkstock

As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.