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There are many reasons that people have for wanting to be fit. This could be a special event, wanting to look good in a swimsuit, or just wanting to have a strong body. No matter what the reason, it is important to spend time working on the abdominal region.
Having a strong and toned torso will help you feel better about yourself as well as prevent injuries in your day to day activities. Here are some great tummy toning exercises you can do in your own home to achieve your workout goals.
I would like to point out that I am not a doctor, nor am I a professional fitness instructor. Please make sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise routine. You can see my full disclaimer here.
I remember doing crunches in gym class, all the way back in middle school. During that time there was a bit of controversy over whether it should be allowed due to keeping the proper form. With that said, it is important to make sure that you do your crunches correctly to avoid injury.
While lying on the floor, bend your knees, and make sure that your feet are flat on the floor. Put your hands behind your head, keeping them straight out to the sides. Do not bend your shoulders causing your elbows to be in front of you, as this can be counter-productive. Using your abdominal muscles and keeping your neck straight, raise your shoulders off the ground. Repeat this motion 30 times, rest, and then repeat twice.
Like with the crunches, with this exercise, it is important to keep the proper form of your shoulders and elbows. After all, the goal is to improve strength and prevent injury right.
For the knee touches, you start by lying flat on the ground. Bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the floor. Next, put your hands behind your ears keeping them straight out in the same way you did with the crunches. Without bending your arms, and keeping your posture straight, use your abdominal muscles to touch your left elbow to your right knee. Repeat this action, alternating sides, 30 times. Rest, then repeat twice.
The starting position for the bicycle is much like the knee touches. From that position, you will lift your feet and legs off the ground as if you were sitting. When you bring your elbow up to meet the opposite knee, straighten out the leg on the side of the elbow you are using. Without stopping, alternate sides and your legs will move as if you are riding a bicycle. Repeat the action 30 times, rest, and then repeat twice.
Straight Scissor Kicks
In my opinion, this exercise is quite easy to perform , but it has a strong impact on toning the tummy area.
While lying flat on the floor, keep your back straight and place your hands under the small of your back. Engage your abdominal muscles, and raise your legs so that they are off the ground at a 45-degree angle. You then criss-cross your legs back and forth for 30 to 45 seconds at a time, rest, and then repeat five times.
For the leg lifts you start by lying flat on the floor with your legs together and hands under the small of your back. You then use your abdominal muscles to lift your legs off the ground about three inches, making sure to keep them straight and pressed together. Hold this position for ten seconds, and then return to the starting position. Repeat ten times.
This exercise has become a bit of a game in my house. Sometimes my kids and I will challenge each other to see who can get to 30 the quickest. This is especially useful, because at the moment they are doing virtual learning and “need PE”.
Start with your back flat on the floor and your legs up in the air keeping your body at a 90-degree angle. Hold your arms straight out above you, then use your abdominal muscles to lift your shoulders off the ground and touch your toes, then return to the starting position. Repeat this 30 times, rest, and then repeat the entire process two more times.
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For the penguin touches, you are going to lie on your back, with your knees bent and feet on the ground in the same way you did with the knee touches. Make sure your arms are out at your sides, though. You will then lift your shoulders slightly off the floor and move from side to side touching your ankles. Repeat this motion for 30 to 45 seconds, rest, then repeat five times.
All of these exercises can easily be done in the comfort of your own home and each targets key parts of your abdominal muscles to help you tone and strengthen your tummy. As with any toning exercises, consistency is key, so make sure to do this full workout at least three times a week or up to every other day.
Once again, please touch base with your medical professional before starting any work out regimen. I am neither a doctor nor am I a fitness trainer. This post is for informational and entertainment purposes. You can see my full disclaimer here.
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