Best Ab Exercises That Are Simple & Easy to Do

Getting a toned midsection is the goal of most people in the fitness world, and much more than the physical beauty it gives, it also helps to reduce the risk of certain injuries and makes it easier for you to lift heavy weights. Abdominal exercises help to flatten your belly and also burn excess fat.

Below are some simple ab exercises you can engage in:

1. Abdominal hold

To do this, sit tall on the edge of a sturdy chair, with your hands on the edge and your fingers pointing towards your knees. Now, tighten your abs and bring your toes 2 to 4 inches off the floor and then lift your butt off the chair. Maintain this pose for about 10 seconds or for as long as you can. Then lower yourself down and repeat the process.

2. Warm up: Ab prep

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Once you are balanced, inhale and tuck in your chin to your chest, and exhale while you curl your head, neck, and shoulders gently off the floor. As you do that, lift your arms and reach to your feet, then pause and inhale, before you return to the original position while you exhale gently. Repeat the process.

3. Roll up

Lie on your back, with your arms stretched and legs extended, so that you form a straight line with your body. Now, inhale while you bring your arms overhead and start curling your body off the floor. As soon as you are halfway, exhale and continue rolling forward until you reach your toes. Breathe in, while you reverse the move and exhale halfway down. Return to the starting position and repeat again.

4. Side crunch

Start by kneeling on the floor and lean over to your right side, with your right palm on the floor. With your weight balanced, extend your left legs and point to your toes, then place your left hand behind your head and ensure your elbow points to the ceiling.

Once that is done, lift your leg, slowly, to hip height with your arm extended above your leg and your palms facing forward. Now, look over your hand as you move the left part of your rib cage toward your hip, then lower back to the starting position and repeat.

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