Ab Workout: 5 Crunch-Free Moves
Can’t seem to find the motivation or time to hit the gym? Want to work those ab muscles, but don’t think you have the proper space or equipment? We’re here to solve all of your ab workout problems and get you on the path to those killer abs you’ve always wanted!
Believe us—we know how crazy life can be, how hard it is to find time for fitting in an easy ab workout at home, and how much guilt can be had when you feel all hope is lost in regard to heading to the gym. But that’s okay! There are workouts AND simple ways that will allow you to get in that late night or early morning workout at home, and leave your abs feeling like you put in a full shift at the gym.
Not only is toning and working those ab muscles necessary to get that small waistline, it’s also important for the well-being of our bodies. The core is the central conjoining area of our upper and lower bodies, so it is vital to strengthen these muscles to create a sense of balance and stability, according to Harvard Health. So aside from wanting washboard abs, you should also be pro-active in working your abdomen for purposes of posture, endurance in everyday activities, strength and a healthy back. So in other words, get in that ab workout!
Here are five crunch-free moves for killer (and stronger!) abs:
In a traditional low plank position (with forearms on the ground), firmly keep your body in place. Precisely lift right knee outward and towards your right outside shoulder. Replace leg and repeat motion with left knee. Continue to do this for ten reps on each leg.
2. Side Plank Dips
This simple exercise can help you achieve a flatter belly and firmer abs. With your right elbow and forearm placed firmly on the ground, lift yourself into a side plank position with your feet stacked. With your upper body and feet remaining intact, begin to slowly dip your right oblique and hip area toward the floor. Lift oblique back to original position and repeat this motion ten times on each side.
3. Side Plank Swivel
In a traditional low plank position (with forearms on the ground), begin to directly twist hips towards the ground on each side in a swivel, yet controlled motion. Complete ten reps on each side.
This is one of the best core workouts. Laying on the floor with your arms parallel to your legs and above your head, slowly begin to lift arms and legs up and towards each other creating a triangle shape with your arms, legs and core area. Complete ten reps.
On all fours, begin to slowly raise right arm upwards while simultaneously lifting left leg. Replace arm and leg on the ground, and slowly raise left arm and right leg in the same motion. Do ten reps on each side.
Complete three sets of all five non-crunch moves for the best workout results. Be sure to take a two-minute rest in between each set.
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*Always speak with your doctor before starting an exercise routine.