Monday, July 20, 2015

Work those abs without crunches

So now that you have tried the other exercises, I want to add a couple more that are still in the same category of easy but effective.  The more you work on those muscles the quicker the results will be. The good thing about these moves is that you do not need to go to the gym to do it.  All you need is a soft surface like a yoga mat or your living room area rug.


Modified table top


Starting position
Start on a table top position. With your knees under your hips and your wrists under your shoulder and a straight spine relax your belly muscles so your "pooch" hangs down.  Your spine should remain straight here, only your abdominal muscles relax.

Pull belly button towards spine
With your spine still straight, pull your belly button towards your spine so that you contract your abdominal muscles.  This exercise is an added challenge as gravity adds some resistance when you contract your muscles.  Return to initial position, repeat 10 times.


Table top with leg and arm raise


Starting position
Start on a table top position. With your knees under your hips and your wrists under your shoulder and a straight spine.  

Add leg and arm raise
During an exhale, raise one leg and the opposite arm simultaneously as shown in the picture above.  Keep your raised foot flexed and contract your abdominal muscles to strengthen your core.  Repeat 10 times each side.



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