Five 5-Minutes Exercises That Are Great for the Core

Due to our busy schedule and the kind of lifestyle we live, it is almost impossible to incorporate exercise in our busy routines. Sleeping early is almost impossible and waking up to exercise seems like going to collect the 10 commandments. To maintain a healthy lifestyle or have one is to at least do a 5 minute exercise every day. You could do this before having a shower or before going to bed.

These are not the up and jumping exercises, they are meant to build your core. They help reduce the calorie for belly fat as they are one of the most stubborn to get rid of. Controlling your calorie intake and doing intensive cardio for 5 minutes will help you lose weight quickly or attain a flat stomach in no time. Here are some exercises you can do without the aid of any equipment.

Abdominal hold

This exercise can be done anywhere. Just be certain that no one sees you doing this as it might send the wrong message. Here is how to do it:

Sit on a chair. It should be strong and firm, then place hands on the brim of the chair with your fingers facing your knees. Then tighten your abs and bring your toes (tippy toe fashion) 2-4 inches off the ground, then slowly lift your buttocks off the chair.  Stay still, and hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds. Slowly lower yourself down and repeat. Continue for as long as 5 minutes.

Seated leg lifts

This helps to work your hamstrings and your core. This seems to be an easy exercise that won’t feel so easy when you start feeling the effects kick in. Here is how to do it; simply sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Hold in your center tightly and place your hands on your sides. Then take a deep breath and lift one leg (either left or right) 6 inches off the ground. Hold it there for 5 seconds then put it down and do so with the other leg. Keep alternating until you get to 5 minutes.

Spiderman plank crunch

This is done by starting in a traditional plank position, with your forearms on the ground and your body straight. Then bring your right knee towards your right elbow, after which you return to plank position. Do the same for the other leg and keep repeating for 5 minutes.

Bicycle crunch

To do this; simply lay down on your back, putting your hands behind your head. Your legs should be raised and bent at 90 degrees.  Then switch, by bringing your right elbow towards your left knee, then your left knee towards your right knee. Hold it up for a minute. Repeat for 5 minutes.

Plank taps

To do this; start with high plank where your feet are hip and distance apart. Then tap each hand to the opposite shoulder. As you are doing this, hold in your center and glute to keep the hips and the rest of the body as still as possible. Do this for 5 minutes.

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