Defining your abs is one of the holy grails when it comes to fitness training. It can be considerably harder than you think to tone up that middle section – but with some hard work and dedication, you could be boasting a rippling four-or-six-pack before you know it.
They say that abs are formed in the kitchen, and this is true in that a low-calorie diet will see you on the way to better abs in the first instance. Think about cutting down on refined sugar and fatty foods, and concentrate on meals that incorporate plenty of fresh veg and good sources of protein and carbs.
It’s easy to get a sit up wrong. The key is controlled movement, not to strain the back, but to fully engage your abs to lift your top half off the ground.
Regular sit ups are a key tool in your abs arsenal!
Kind of like a backwards sit up, in that you lift your legs rather than your torso, these are fab for abs. Lay on your back with your hands by your side. Flex your abs and raise your legs up so they are at right angles to the ground. Keep your core engaged as you lower your legs back down.
Pulling your knees in towards your chest from a sitting position will use those ab muscles and help you find that elusive definition.
Extend your legs out in front of you and then pull them back in again.
We’re not talking just touching your toes here. You need to start lying on the floor, with your legs in the air. Reach your fingertips to your toes, and feel the effort from the abs.
With crunches, unlike sit ups, your lower back shouldn’t leave the floor. Using very controlled movements, your abs will get an intense workout.
Do all the above exercises with a 30 second rest between each and do a cycle of three reps.
Find time for these and you’ll soon be rubbing those abs with glee!
perfect small space no kit exercises, just what is needed at the moment. I will have amazing abs when this is over!
I've never done so many ab exercises as I have in the last week of being stuck at home. I think when the lockdown is over there's going to be a lot of flat abs out there!
Simple ab exercises like this are ideal if you're stuck indoors at the moment. I have been doing my own routine of abs for the few days and already am noticing a difference and they make sure I don't get too slobby as I can't go to the gym.
I think Ashley has the right mix between healthcare and attitude!! I fear a bit of a stomach is an inevitable part of ageing, but do need to keep it under control.
I didn't know the difference between crunches and sit ups was that your lower back doesn't leave the floor. At last....I'd sometimes wondered but never bothered to find out!
Whatever I do I always seem to have a paunch. The bad thing about getting older is it seems to be getting harder to flatten. The good thing about getting older is you care a lot less about it!
I have to say that my abs have never been easier to flatten than when I started doing 5 minutes of the plank each evening. Seriously worth a try guys.
I always struggle with situps and crunches - really easy to strain your neck. But the other exercises don't seem to do that so I'll be working on those.