Try doing this mini abs workout every day to improve your strength and tone. It’s a “ladder” workout, which means that you start with high reps of one exercise and low reps of the other. Then as you work through the sets, the first exercise has fewer and fewer reps while the second has more and more. In the final set, the number of reps is the reverse of the first set.
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- Lay on a cushioned surface, knees bent, feet flat on the floor about hip distance apart.
- Put your hands behind your head to prevent neck strain. You should just be supporting your head, not pulling on it. Keep your elbows relaxed out to the side.
- Tuck your chin in slightly
- Engage your abdominal muscles and curl your spine smoothly away from the floor. It shouldn’t be a jerky movement.
- Stop when your shoulder blades have left the floor and start to reverse the movement. Again, it should be a smooth, curling movement on the way down
Breathing: breathe out as you come up and in as you come down.
- This time, start by extending your legs so that they are vertical
- Engage your lower abs as you curl your lower spine off the mat. Again, it should be a smooth curling movement
- When your lower back has left the floor, start to reverse the movement – curl your spine back down under control
Breathing: breathe out as you lift the hips and in as you lower
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