Want a lean and toned washboard stomach set of abs? You’re probably currently nodding your heads vigorously at this point and we wouldn’t blame you in the slightest.
If you are indeed nodding your head, or if you’re not but you’d still love a lean and toned stomach, then you’ll obviously need to exercise the abdominal muscles and your core to really help tone the muscles and burn away any unsightly body fat.
Core exercises that work the abs and other surrounding areas are not difficult, and if you know what you’re doing, they’re hugely beneficial and effective.
Here’s a look at an ab workout that will take just 7 minutes on average to complete.
Crunches are perfect for really hitting the abs and they’re extremely easy to do as well. Begin by laying down flat on your back, with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Next, place your hands across your chest and slowly sit upwards slightly towards your knees so that your shoulders are around 3 inches from the ground. Hold for a second in this position, and aim to complete around 25 reps in total.
This is another exercise that is great for really working the core – the plank. Lay down on your front, propped up on your toes and your forearms. Make sure you keep your legs straight and your hips slightly raised to create a rigid and straight line from your toes to your head. Hold this position for 10 – 20 seconds and repeat a further 3 times. Read our Plank Challenge to really get going!
Leg raises are another exercise that’s great for working the upper and the lower abdominals, as well as the obliques as well. To perform them simply lay down flat on your back, bring both of your legs together, and then slowly raise them both into the air so that the soles of your feet are pointing to the ceiling, and your legs and body form a 90 degree angle. Next, slowly lower your legs at the same time, but stop around an inch from the ground. Making sure not the bounce your feet off the ground, return them up to the initial starting position and repeat for a further 3 sets of 20 – 30 reps.