Everyone wants 6 pack abs or a flat toned tummy, but in terms of core functional fitness, we need to realize the importance of training our core for day to day functional fitness. Here are essential exercises for strong stable abdominals.
Ball Full Body Crunch – Lie on your back with your knees bent and ball between your feet. Place your hands behind your head. Exhale as you pull the ball in towards your chest while simultaneously crunching your upper body off of the floor bring elbows into knees. Inhale as you return to the starting position. Repeat as required.
Bicycle Crunches – Lie on your back with your knees bent and hands behind your head. Raise your knees into the air. Movement: Exhale as you alternately bring your elbows towards the opposite knee while crunching your upper body off of the floor. Inhale as you lower your legs back down to the starting position. Repeat as required.
Lying leg raises – Lie on your back with knees slightly bent and legs perpendicular to floor. Raise your legs straight up. Movement: Exhale as you lift your hips off of the floor and press your legs up as high as you can pressing your heals toward the ceiling. Inhale as you slowly return your legs back down to the starting position. Repeat as required.
Crunches with legs at right angle. Our next exercise are crunches with legs bent at 90 degrees. Place hand on your temple so you don’t pull on your head and strain your neck. Legs stay steady the whole time. Keep legs at right angle. Crunch abdominals just lifting shoulder blades of off the floor. Alternate sides.
These exercises will help you get a flat stomach and get out of bed with ease. Now, let’s get to work and don’t forget keep fitness first!