As much as some may deny it, everybody would surely like to be a bit fitter, stronger, and to look just that bit more buff, especially when it comes to achieving a flat stomach.
Gym bunnies and others with the inclination often spend hours on toning up their abs during weekly or even daily workouts, but the vast majority of people don’t have the time or the energy to go to that much trouble. Never fear here are five simple exercises you can do at home to help keep your tummy toned.
1. The Abdominal Hold
This is a beautifully simple ab exercise which requires just a normal dining room chair and a few minutes of you time to help sculpt wonderfully toned up abs.
To begin, simply sit upright at the edge of the chair with your hands over the edges of the seat and pointing toward your knees. Then tighten your abs and lift yourself off the chair until your feet are around five centimetres above the ground. Hold the position for as long as you can manage, around ten seconds is a good time to aim at, and then repeat the process for a few minutes a day.
2. The Lying Leg Raise and Crunch
This is a slightly more advanced ab exercise which works to tone both the abs and the muscle group known as the obliques, and will require a bit more space as you need to be lying flat on your back.
Once you are lying flat on the floor, place your arms by your sides for support and you’re ready to start. In one movement, lift your legs until they are perpendicular to the floor whilst you also raise your shoulders and torso as far as possible from the ground in a curling movement. Hold the position briefly and then return to the starting point and repeat as many times as you can manage.
3. The Side Crunch
An ab exercise which tests your balance as well as working your muscles, this is a great option if you want to work yourself that little bit harder.
Kneel on the floor and then lean over as far to your right as you can, placing your right palm flat on the floor and put your left hand behind your head. Then lift and straighten your left leg to around hip height at the same time as pushing your left elbow towards your knee. Return in a controlled fashion to the starting position and repeat 5-10 times.
4. The Reverse Crunch
Everybody knows that a crunch (or sit-up) is a great way to work out the abs, and this is a fantastic move for working on the lower abs.
Lay flat on your back with your behind your head and then slowly bend your legs at the knees to bring them toward your chest. Use your abdominal muscles to lift your bottom off the floor, pulling your knees into your chest.
5. The Opposite Arm and Leg Raise
The final ab exercise in our rundown is a good place to start or end any workout, as it helps to stretch you out, work your abs and help your core stability.
Simply get on all fours, with your knees directly beneath your hips and your hands beneath your shoulders. Then lift your left leg to hip height and your right arm to shoulder height at the same time. Return to the starting position and repeat the whole process 15 to 20 times.