The abdominals are one of those areas that people seem to want to cover up, especially those of us who have had children. The funny thing is that abdominal exercises don’t take a long time. Yet, as with any exercise program, motivation is key. Here are five original ways to get beach ready abs.
This is a fun way to trim a waistline. It is also a great way to exercise while having fun with the kids. According to Jamfit’s fitness instructor, Karelle Ashley hula hooping “strengthens your core,” “works the lower back” and trims “love handles.” Try to do this for at least 10 minutes. To make the time fly by, grab some friends and family and have a hula-hooping contest.
This unique exercise is good for abs and it burns calories. This exercise was inspired by amazingabdominals.com. Getting low to the ground and tightening your abs, start crawling forward. Your left arm and right leg moves together. Then, alternate to the right arm and left leg. Crawl for about ten to fifteen strides.
This is an exercise I do at my kickboxing class. It is really good for targeting love handles. As if you were doing a sit up, lay on your back with your knees bent and shoulders on the ground. With your palms down, raise your shoulders off the ground and alternate bending side to side. As you bend, try to touch your ankles. Try doing this for five minutes.
Pilates is always growing in popularity. As reported by Fitness Magazine, the Pilates Hundred is when you lay down with your head and shoulders off the ground and your legs in an incline position. Then, with palms facing down, pump your arms up and down, sort of like a bird. During this exercise, “inhale for 5 pumps, then exhale for 5 pumps. Be sure to curl your chin in toward your chest.”
Lying on the ground at with legs at a right angle, slowly lower leg to the floor, but stop before your leg hits the floor. Bring your leg back up. Repeat the exercise with the other leg. This is an exercise I used to do a lot during soccer season.
While exercising, don’t forget to breathe. In addition, these exercises will be more effective if they are done with your abs contracted. Finally, I am not a trainer or have any professional training in exercise. Please consult a doctor before trying any new workout program.