Getting the perfect abs does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and with the gyms closed in most parts of the world, the only way to get those abs is by working out at home..The best part about doing your abs workout at home is the fact that your living room can be converted to your fitness studio. So, no excuses.
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The best abs exercises are the ones that work more than just one part of your abdominal muscles. So, when it comes to finding the best abs exercises, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Plus you really don’t need any equipment.
Ab workouts are really important because they strengthen your core and a strong core has been linked to injury prevention, improved runner form, and better balance. However, to see results, it takes a combination of full-body strength training, regular cardio, and a healthy, clean diet.
Note that once you start to feel any tension in your lower back during any of these exercises, it is best to stop and rest. You want to make sure your abs are really engaged and that your back is not arched.
These are the best abs workout to do at home…
Sit on your mat with your legs straight in front of you. Place your hands behind you, fingertips facing forward. Then, squeeze your butt as you lift your hips up toward the sky. Keep your elbows straight and feel the burn in your triceps. Keep your neck in a neutral position and hold for your desired time.
Start in a plank position with your hands directly beneath the shoulders. Maintain a flat back. Pick up your right hand and your left foot and bring them to touch beneath you. Switch and alternate sides until you have completed your set.
Lie on the floor with legs and arms spread out, as if you were a star. Push your belly button in so you don’t strain your lower back! Lift your legs, arms, and core up in one movement. Hug your legs. Be sure to inhale to prep, then exhale as you sit up.
Hollow body hold
Start by lying on back with your arms extended overhead on the floor and legs straight resting on the mat. At the same time, and with control, lift arms, head, shoulder blades, and legs off the floor. Hold for 20 seconds then return to starting position. Rest for 10 seconds.
Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed into the ground. Bring your knees in toward your chest so that it almost touches and kick forward. Try to maintain as much of this core engagement as you can as you kick your feet straight out in front of you. Return and repeat kicks.
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