3 Easy Ab Exercises

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If you are not into doing a hundred sit-ups every day, try these different exercises that use all of your stomach muscles – upper, lower and side. Do them at home on a harder surface. Your bed won’t work, but the floor will do just fine. Lie on a blanket, or yoga mat, so you don’t get bruises on your back.

1. Huff and Puff

Lie on your back, and stretch out evenly. Your back should be flat against the floor. Bend your knees to a 45 degree angle, and keep your feet on the floor. Lift your head and upper back, so that your shoulder blades don’t touch the surface. Stretch your arms and hands in front of you, parallel to the ground. Try to move your arms up and down in an arc not bigger than 10 or 15 centimeters.

While taking a deep breath, do five of the quick up-down movements with your arms, and repeat five more with an exhalation. The breathing is very important in all ab exercises, since it controls the tensing and relaxing of the muscles that keep your back off the floor.

The rhythm should be faster than your normal breathing rate, so it is inhale (1-2-3-4-5), exhale (1-2-3-4-5). Repeat for as long as you feel comfortable, and if your muscles start to get too tense, roll on your stomach and lift your upper body from the floor, stretching them.

2. Your Name and Number, Please

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Lie on your back, your legs straight out, your upper body lifted from the floor. Bend your elbows and rest on your forearms. Lift your legs straight up, and keep them together, your knees straight.

Start writing large letters and numbers in the air with your legs, as if you are writing them on a wall in front of you. Inhale while you write each letter and number, exhale while you rest for a moment. Write your whole name and phone number, and if you’re already fit, add your whole birth date and repeat. The up movement will work your upper muscles, while going down will work the lower tummy, and the horizontal movements, such as crossing out the “T”, will tone your side muscles. Don’t forget to stretch afterwards!

3. The Side Sit-Up

This will do wonders for your tummy, but also any love handles that you might have on your waist. It’s very important to keep your back and shoulders straight while you do the exercise, otherwise the muscles around your spine will take most of the pressure, instead of your stomach.

Lie on the floor, knees bent, your feet firmly planted. Try not to move them at all. Cross your hands behind your head, elbows out to the sides. With an inhale, sit straight up, and turn to both sides like you are checking if you can walk across the street, then lie back and exhale. Repeat in series of twenty, for as long as you are comfortable.

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