Toning your abs is quite a challenge, and there are a few exercises you should try. Fitness gurus swear in the benefits provided by crunches/sit-ups, twisted crunches, crunch chops, leg lifts, planks and side planks.
Losing weight overnight is bad for your health. Flattening your stomach will help you lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions.
Try the following exercises, and carve your abdomen to perfection.
It’s a classic workout and you should do it on the floor. If the floor is too hard for you, use a yoga mat or a towel.
First, lie on the floor, and cross your hands on the chest. Bend your knees and put your feet on the floor. Engage your core, and elevate your shoulders while keeping the lower back close to the floor.
Keep your eyes towards the ceiling. Looking forward will give you a neck strain. Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
2. Twisted crunch
Do the regular crunch with your hands behind the neck. Engage your core, and twist your upper body so your right shoulder goes toward your left knee.
Keep your left knee elevated while doing this. Switch sides to finish a rep. Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
3. Crunch chop
Lie on your back, and bring your legs together. Elevate the legs to create a 90 degree angle. Stretch your arms over the head, and hold your hands together.
Do a “V” shape with your legs, and elevate your upper body until you bring your arms between your legs. Your hands should be cupped together during the whole time. Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
4. Leg lift
Lie on your yoga mat and extend your legs. Cross the feet. Elevate your legs and make a 90 degree angle with your upper body.
Lower your legs, but try not to touch the floor. Elevate the legs up to finish the rep. Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
Take a knee, and bring your body forward. Keep your palms on the floor and in a parallel line with your shoulders. Extend your legs, and elevate your body.
You need to support your total body on your palms and toes while keeping it in a straight line. Hold your body in this position for 3-5 breaths. Increase the time gradually.
6. Side plank
Lie on your right side, and put your legs one on top of another. Keep your body in a straight line. To do a side plank, prop yourself on the right arm. Your right elbow should be in a parallel line with your right shoulder.
Elevate your hip and knees, and hold in this position for 3-5 breaths. Engage your core. Drop your hip and knees to finish one repetition. Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions.
Don’t forget to warm up before every exercise. Adjust your pace to your physical condition, and remember, patience is everything. You can’t tone your abs overnight.