Nobody likes to have loose flabby skin, especially in the abdomen area. But with a hectic life and a busy work schedule rarely do we find time to hit the gym. The good news is that one does not need to go to the gym in order to tone up the abdomen muscles. It can easily be done in the privacy of your home.
All you need to do is spare 15 minutes in the morning and try any of the below mentioned exercise.
5 Best Abdominal Workouts
The Regular Ab Crunches
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Place your arms in a cross position on your chest. Now lift your chest and pull it towards the lower abdomen. Perform this in 3 sets of 10 each.
The Octane Ball Crunches
As the name clearly suggests, you need an Octane ball to perform this exercise. Lie down on your back, raise your legs and place them on the octane ball, knee folded. Place your hands behind your head.
Now pull your upper torso towards your lower abdomen. The ball under the legs makes it easier to perform these crunches. Perform this in 3 sets of 10 each.
The Leg Lift Crunches
To perform this exercise, lie down on your back and lift your legs up in the air. Put your hands behind your head to support it. Now, slowly lift your shoulders off the floor by contracting your abdomen muscles. Perform this in 3 sets of 10 each. Another version of the same exercise is that when you lift your legs up in the air, you cross your legs as well.
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Another kind of leg lift crunches is when you position your legs at a 45 degree angle from the floor. Now hold that position for about 10 seconds initially. Increase the time limit of holding the position with regular workouts. This puts a certain amount of pressure on your abdomen muscles and tightens them in the process.
The Bicycle Crunches
In this abdominal exercise, lie down on your back and place your hands under your head with your elbows out.
Now lift your left knee and touch it with your right elbow. Follow suit with your right knee and left elbow. Repeat this pattern in 3 sets of 15 each.
The Hands Up Crunches
One of the simplest ways to tone your abdominal muscles is with the hands up crunches. In this exercise, lie down on your back and raise your arms vertically above your head. Now push your shoulders above the floor. Make sure there is no strain on your neck. Perform this exercise in 3 sets of 15 each.
Get the killer flat stomach that you always wanted without having to go to the gym. Just keep two important things in mind. Firstly, never strain your neck during the crunches. The neck should be straight. And secondly, while working out, inhale from your nose and exhale from your mouth. This charges up the body and provides you with more stamina.