Sit-ups and crunches may be your favorite exercises, but they give you a terrible neck and back pain. We suggest that you try the following exercises and carve your abdomen to perfection. These exercises are as efficient as your regular crunches, but they don’t cause any pain.
1. Side plank crunches
It’s like a regular plank. You have to keep your body in a straight line, and then do a crunch. For optimal results, try the Side Plank High-Five.
Do a side plank position and do a high-five motion with your free arm. Try to do a deep twist. If you can’t support your body on your hand, do this exercise on your elbow.
2. Medicine ball twists
Sit on your yoga mat, and elevate your legs and back. Support your total body weight on your buttocks. Spread your arms forward and twist your body. Do 10 reps, and go for 12 full rotations.
3. Medicine ball jackknives
It’s one of the best exercises for your core. Lie on your back and keep your legs straight. Hold a medicine ball in your hands and elevate your legs. Bring the medicine ball toward your legs. Go down again, and repeat.
If you are unable to do this exercise, bring your knees to your chest instead of keeping your legs in a straight line. Do 2 sets of 10-15 repetitions per side.
4. Mountain climber crosses
Bring your body in a plank position. Bend your left and right knee alternately as if you are climbing a mountain. Do this for 30-60 seconds.
5. Split leg V-Ups
Lie on your back and keep your arms alongside your body. Elevate your legs at a 90 degree angle. Bring your right leg down while keeping the other up in the air. Switch legs. Engage your core.
Can you feel the burn?