10+ mins of core work.
This habit is about working on strengthening your core muscles.
Having a strong core is not just about having visibly defined abs and looking good.
A strong core is vital for balance, stability, and good posture which in turn can help to reduce back pain, prevent injury, and improve physical performance. And if it comes with a bit of a confidence boost then that’s a great bonus!
Effective core training requires a diversified approach because your core is not just your “six-pack” rectus abdominis muscles. Rather, your core is made up of a collection of muscles surrounding the spine – front, side, and back – that work together in symphony, including muscles like your obliques, multifidus, glutes, diaphragm, and more.
- We’re big fans of Girls Gone Strong’s Complete Core Training approach that focuses on strength and stability over endless crunching.
- Another great resource is Dr. Stuart McGill’s “Big 3” specifically for dealing with back pain and weightlifting.
- Otherwise, check out Healthline’s List of Core Exercises For All Fitness Levels for more ideas.
✅ Instead of focusing solely on aesthetics, reframe your core work as ‘functional fitness’ that improves your physical capability and reduces your risk for injury. This mindset shift can massively boost motivation.
✅ Place your core workout routine in a visible place, perhaps on the fridge or next to your bed, as a daily reminder.
✅ Integrate core exercises into daily routines. For instance, engage your core while brushing your teeth or waiting for your coffee to brew.
✅ Celebrate your progress. While it’s great to see physical changes, don’t overlook the functional improvements, like being able to lift heavier or having reduced back pain.