Ask most people what they want, and most of them will say abs. Of course, women tend to name a lot of other additional parts as well, but abs are up there. Truthfully, we all have abs, it’s just that they are hard to see because they have not been toned.
Surprisingly so, a lot of fitness people say that abs are not that hard to come across. Several trainers I’ve seen have said that they spend maybe 10 minutes a day on abdominal workouts. Of course diet plays a big part in getting those abstract abs. But, either way, here are a few simple workouts we can all do to get there.
Don’t be surprised, but, squats! Don’t you just love and hate them? They do it all. Tone the butt, tone the thighs, and who knew? They can help tone the tummy as well. Since abs are a part of your core, squats help get them engaged. When you do your squats, tightening your core gets your abs involved while you work on your lower body.
Single leg stands also work both the lower body and stomach. Most balancing exercises require you to brace and tighten your abs to stay up. Isn’t it nice to know that learning balance is for more than just standing and walking?
Now, some more basics for abs are crunches. Advanced moves are great when you are advanced, but sometimes we just have to stick to the basics. And when it comes to your workouts, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Bicycle crunches are very impactful for the core. They help with coordination, and focus on those areas that doing your basic sit-ups might not get, like your obliques.
Reverse crunches also work your obliques. Your obliques need attention because they are the muscles that help you move and tilt your body. And guess what? Bicycle crunches also work your hip flexors. These muscles help you move your hips, and turn or rotate side to side.
Lastly, I would include a set of planks. Planks are one of the best exercises for tightening the core. So as much as they may be hated, they can also be the most beneficial to your core strengthening. And with planks, you can increase or decrease the intensity of the workout by bending your knees or lifting one leg. Depending on your mood who knows, you may feel like upping the ante.
These are just a few basic workouts we all can do to tone our stomachs. These can be done anywhere, which is always a plus. And knowing that, that also rids us of any excuses we may try to have for not working out. Let’s embark on this journey together. As I stated earlier, having a tighter tummy isn’t something that takes an hour-long workout daily. It just takes about 10 minutes of dedication 4-5 days a week. You’re already eating healthier, why not commit to toning your abs daily as well? This is the most inexpensive tummy tuck you’ll ever have.