Ab exercises you can do in the house
Everyone wants to have a slim stomach and toned abs. But, not only will strengthening your core muscles help you have a more desirable looking physique, strengthening your core will alleviate back pain and increase overall body strength.
Going to the gym can be a hassle and is often expensive. Save money and time by doing ab exercises in the comfort of your own home. We’ve collected the following four easy, yet effective exercises that are perfect for an at home workout.
To ensure your safety, perform all exercises on an exercise mat.
The bicycle crunch is a classic that works the oblique abdominal muscles especially effectively. Lie on your back, legs bent at the knees at a 90 degree angle. Raise your head from the ground and cradle your head with your hands. Bring you right elbow to your left knee slowly, moving both leg and arm simultaneously. Twist your torso and repeat on the other side. Complete 3 sets of 15 reps.
Also a classic, through in a plant to get rock hard upper and lower abdominal muscles. From push-up position, lower your weight to rest on your forearms. Be sure to keep your back and butt straight throughout the exercise. Try holding the plank for 3 sets of 30 seconds each. To get in more of an oblique workout, you can rotate to one side and rest your weight on your right forearm and foot while allowing your left foot to rest on top of right and reaching your left arm straight to the sky. Complete this exercise on both sides.
The teaser is a famous Pilates move. You should feel this workout in both your upper and lower abdominal muscles. To do this move, begin by lying flat on your back. Stretch your arms out straight behind you and allow them to rest on the floor. Raise your legs and bend at a 90 degree angle. Keep your feet firm and flexed. Engage your abs and all at once, swing your arms and legs up so your body forms a V shape and you are balancing on your butt. This is a tricky move and you may require a few attempts before understanding how to balance your weight correctly. If you do find that you need extra support, you can rest your hands on the ground while keeping the V shape of your body, ensuring you’re not letting your hands to the work. Do 10 repetitions.
The V Hold is a tough but very effective exercise that will make your lower abs burn. The quick movements are an important key to rapid fat loss. Begin the exercise sitting on the floor with your legs bent and your hands resting behind them. Lift your legs and arms in the air, simultaneously so that you are balanced on your butt. From there, straight your legs and arms, lifting them as high as you can. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 3-4 times.