The abs are an area that most people want to work on and it's a great way to get into the world of exercise. Not only do abs exercises strengthen your core but you'll feel the effects of them stretch into other areas of your life. While a good workout will leave you feeling better, if you've always been dreaming of a six pack then exercise alone simply won't cut it and factoring in a healthy, balanced diet is key. For the best results you don't need to go to the gym and use tons of expensive equipment, it's possible to start your abs training from the comfort of your home. So here are a few exercises to get you started.
Plank Taps – Set yourself up with a stable high plank (plank with arms fully extended). Tap each shoulder in turn using the opposite hand while encouraging your core to keep your hips as still as possible.
Plank Ups – Starting in a high plank slowly bend one arm so the elbow and forearm are both touching the floor. Bring the other arm down into the same position, parallel to the arm that is already on the floor. Slowly push your first arm back into the high plank position and follow it with the other arm. Rotate which arm you start the rep with to ensure you are working both side equally.
V-Up – Lie flat on the floor with your arms and legs extended, looking up at the ceiling. Keeping your abs as tight as possible, slowly lift your hands and feet keeping your arms and legs extended. When they join (your arms will probably do most of the movement here) lower your body back down.
Mountain Climber – Starting in the high plank position, bring one knee up so that it is under your torso while keeping the toes of this foot off the floor. Return this foot to its original position and then bring the other knee up to under your torso. Repeat this exercise over and over, switching legs as though you're running in place.
Core Roll-Up – Lie flat on your back with your arms above your head. Lift your arms upwards until your wrists are directly above your shoulders and curl your spine so that your upper torso is lifted off the floor. Reach forwards until you have formed a sideways 'U' shape with your body and then reverse the movement until you're back in your starting position.
Spending lots of money on equipment isn't necessary when you are working your core but what it important is doing a wide range of movements that work different abdominal muscles. It is easier to exercise your upper abs so ensure you take time to work all the muscles and not only will you feel the benefits but with proper care to other parts of your health, you'll see the difference in no time!
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