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Five minute core workout

You are a busy person. It is hard to manage and shape your personal time around keeping yourself in shape. You have to wake up at 7:30 to get ready for work and interrupt those  awesome dreams you have such as when you dreamed you were Chuck Norris side kick in Walker Texas Ranger. Commuting in Gainesville traffic isn't shaving anytime off your schedule either.  The good news is you don't need much time to workout your core anyway. 

Core workouts are often the key to making the difference. Generally if one hits a plateau in his or her workout it is suggested that the core be focused on more. With a stronger core you will be much more successful in any daily activity. Consistent core workouts for short periods are better than sporadic core workouts for longer periods. In fact all one need really needs is about 5 minutes a day for a core workout, completing one exercise and immediately continuing to the next.

You won't need too much equipment either. In fact all you'll really need is a floor and preferably a balance ball.  What can be done with a balance ball? According to "Men’s Health 2008" your core can become up to 4 times more stable when you use a swiss-ball(balance ball). There are many exercises that can be done with the balance ball to strengthen your core. Some of these exercises include:

  • Back extensions
  • Hip extensions
  • Crunches
  • Knee tuck
  • Hamstring Curls

A quick core workout can make all the difference. All core exercises don't have to be done on the balance ball, but it is good to include a few.  Core workouts are usually good to include before the main workout. Some good time saving workouts are Olympic workouts, calisthenics, and stair running. "I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing." ~Marsha Doble


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