For many people, the abdominal region is a problem area that just doesn't seem to respond to dieting alone. If you're trying to lose weight and shrink your waistline, it's important to get regular cardiovascular exercise, and you should also use a few targeted moves meant specifically for your abs. Use a Sportsmith promotion code to save on equipment, then try to incorporate a few of these exercises to strengthen your core and work those ab muscles.
One-legged squat Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your knees slightly bent, recommends Fitness Magazine. Put your hands on your hips and tighten your abdominal muscles. Lift your right leg a few inches off of the floor and squat lower on your left leg. Hold this for a couple of seconds, then stand upright and do several more repetitions. Finally, switch sides, balancing on your right leg.
Air bicycle Lie flat on the floor (it might help to get a mat with a Gold's Gym Exercise Equipment promotion code) and put your hands behind your head. Lift your shoulders up so you're in a crunch position, then lift your knees up toward your chest. Move your legs in a cycling motion, as if you were riding a bike. As each knee comes toward you, bring the opposite elbow forward. Keep alternating for 30 reps.
Side reach You'll need dumbbells or some kind of weights for this exercise, so use a Dick's Sporting Goods promotion code to save money on supplies. With a weight in each hand, stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Slowly lean toward your left side, reaching the hand with the weight down to the floor. You should feel your side stretching. Stand up straight, then repeat on the other side for 20 reps.
Butt-ups Get into a push-up position with your elbows on the ground so that your arms are at a 90 degree angle, suggests BodyBuilding.com. Arch your back a little bit instead of keeping it straight like you would with a push-up. Raise your rear up into the air, squeezing your abs at the same time. You should be making a high bridge with your body. Lower yourself back to the starting position, being careful not to let your back sag. Do 15 reps.
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