3 simple at-home exercises that work

There are exercises that work, and there are those that don’t, this is the very simple truth. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) says the same: you’ll notice better results after certain exercises, but not all of them will be equally effective for you.

Here, we’ll talk about our bellies. Is your belly your problematic area and you aren’t satisfied with what you see?

-Are you keen on getting your belly flat, but you don’t want to leave your house? Well, we have good news for you. This article can help you exercise at home!

Some PSA first, though. The “belly” workouts aren’t designed to make your belly more flat, but rather, they target the muscles in the belly area and build them.

-If you’re looking for ways to lose the excess fat around your belly, what you really need is cardio to help you to get rid of some extra pounds (that are weighing you down, speaking metaphorically). Then, the next logical step is ab area-focused workouts.

Now that you know all this, on to the more practical part.

What makes an at-home ab exercise routine a good at-home ab exercise routine? The range of and count of ab area muscles: the wider the range, the more muscles are affected and working, the better.

-Truth to be said, there is routine known to man (yet?) that would target all the muscles in question at once. But we offer you three comprehensive ab workouts that come very, very close.

1. Plain and simple crunches. ACE research has shown that traditional crunches may be as effective in toning the ab area as working out with any intricate and costly gadgets. Great news! Simple and effective – just what you need.

2. Doing planks. Quick and easy, and after you’ve gotten used to this exercise type, you’ll notice that your entire core is stronger, too. Planks can be easily modified into more intense exercises.

3. The “Bicycle” exercise. Again, plain, simple, effective, home-friendly, approved by fitness experts.

That’s it, we’ve just listed three great ab-focused workouts that you could easily do (almost) anywhere you are. Sure, you may found many more workouts, feel free to try them out! But this article is a good starting point.

-Try them all and see which works best for you and is your favourite, and if these are two different workouts, then which is the most effective and which is the most favourite.

Remember to commit to your working out schedule and have balanced results.

Best of luck!

#1. Plank

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1. Get into a push up position, with your elbows under your shoulders and your feet hip-width apart.
2. Bend your elbows and rest your weight on your forearms and on your toes, keeping your body in a straight line.
3. Hold for as long as possible.

PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN

Keep your core engaged, your abs tight and breathe slowly and deeply. Maintain your body in a straight line, from your head down to your feet.

#2. Squats

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1. Stand up with your feet shoulder-width apart.
2. Bend your knees, press your hips back and stop the movement once the hip joint is slightly lower than the knees.
3. Press your heels into the floor to return to the initial position.
4. Repeat until set is complete.

PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN

When doing squats maintain your back in alignment, by keeping your chest up and your hips back. Don’t let the knees extend beyond the toes and put the pressure on the heels of the feet. Breathe in as you squat and breathe out as you come up.

#3. Crunches

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1. Lie down on the mat, keep your knees bent, your back and feet flat, and your hands supporting your head.
2. Lift your shoulders, squeeze your abdominal muscles and hold for 1 to 2 seconds.
3. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat until set is complete.

PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN

When doing crunches keep your head in a neutral position, with your eyes on the ceiling and the chin off your chest. Breathe out as you crunch, maintain your core muscles tight and engaged and keep the elbows out.

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