Strengthening our abs is more than just for show. A solid core helps us keep our back strong and healthy as well. Incorporating these exercises into your regular routine will pay off with your waistline andin overall strength.
Find a soft surface – either carpet, a rug, or an exercise mat if you have one. Laying on your back with knees bent and feet shoulder-width apart, place your hands at the side of your head (not behind) or crossed over the chest. Lift your shoulders and upper back off the floor and return to the starting position. Perform 12 repetitions and rest.
Begin in a traditional crunch position with your hands at either side of your head. Lift your shoulders and upper back off the floor and twist your torso to one side, twisting at the waist so that your elbow points towards the opposite knee. Then, twist back to a straight alignment before lowering back down to the ground. This twisting motion should only come from your abdominals; your head and neck should remain in a neutral position. Perform 12 repetitions and rest. They don’t call abs the core for no reason! By focusing on our core, we build a center of strength that will support the rest of the body. And by engaging the abdominals during all exercises — no matter the type — we turn every movement into full-body strengthener.
Stay tuned for next week’s step towards creating a balanced, effective workout! We’d love to hear what some of your go-to ab workouts are. Share your favorites @orberausa