Working out is one of my favorite ways to clear my head and get my mood right. And since we have more than enough time, I’ve been focusing on core exercises a little more 🙂 I’ve finally nailed down 4 solid moves that take only 10 minutes! A lot of these exercises are combinations of what I’ve found works for me, from ladies like Megan Roup and Melissa Wood Health.
The key with ab exercises is to always imagine you’re wearing a knit corset or sucking in your bellybutton to your spine to keep your core engaged (thanks, Melissa!) So, grab your mat or a carpeted floor area and try out these four easy ab exercises you can squeeze in between zoom calls!
HOW: Lie face-up on the floor with your legs and arms straight. In one movement, lift your torso and legs as if you’re trying to touch your toes. Lower your body back down.
This is one rep! Try to do as many as possible in 45 seconds, then rest for 15.
#2 REVERSE CRUNCH
HOW: Lie on the floor with your legs up and slightly bent (tabletop position), hands holding your head up. Brace your torso by contracting your abs. Lift your hips up, hold for a second, then release down to the start position, keeping your legs in the air the whole time!
This is one rep, do as many as possible in 45 seconds then rest for 15.
#3 AROUND THE WORLD
HOW: Lie on your back with your legs extended straight up into the air. Your arms beside you using your palms to support you. Engage your core and draw a circle to the right, with your legs. Continue for 45 seconds, with 15 seconds of rest.
Repeat on the left side for 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest.
#4 PLANK UP’S
HOW: Start in a plank position, elbows under your shoulders, extend your legs behind you. Keeping your back flat, straighten your right arm and place your palm flat on the floor, directly under your shoulder, then repeat with your left arm so you’re in a pushup position. Reverse the movement, lowering back onto your right forearm and then onto your left, to return to start.
That’s one rep! Do as many reps as possible in 45 seconds.
Take one minute of rest before repeating the circuit again from the top one more time. This whole workout takes 10 minutes, including rest! I love circuits that are quick with not too many movements that are also easy to do in a short amount of time!
Let me know any other good ab exercises you guys like to do to switch up your workouts!