With crop tops back in full force and bikini season upon us, your mid-section will be on full display. And while it can be a problem area for many, a few simple exercises can help you get a tight tummy, so you can be cool, confident, and ready to strut your stuff.
1. Toned Abs: Reverse Crunch
Reverse crunches are a great way to work your lower abdominal muscles. Lie down with your back flat on the floor and your legs out in front of you. Bend your knees and lift your legs so that your calf muscles are parallel to the floor. As you inhale, rock your knees towards your chest (your hips should be off the floor). Slowly lower your legs back to the starting position and repeat. Try for at least 25 crunches.
2. Toned Abs: Bicycle
Not everyone has an hourglass figure like Sofia Vergara! The good news is working those oblique muscles will help slim your waist and give the illusion of curves. Lie flat on the floor with your hands behind your head. Slightly raise your head and neck off the floor and keep your ab muscles tight. Lift your legs off the floor so they are at a ninety-degree angle. Bring your right elbow towards your left knee while bending at the knee. Then do the same motion with your left elbow and right knee. Try for at least 30 crunches or until your abdominal muscles feel fatigued.
3. Toned Abs: Side Plank
Side planks are a great way to tone your core muscles quick! Start by lying on the floor on your left side and make sure that your left forearm is in front of you. Place your right hand either on your hip or behind your head. Slowly bring your left hip towards the ceiling and hold for at least 10 seconds. Repeat on the opposite side. Warning: This exercise can be very challenging so make sure you move at your own pace.
4. Toned Abs: Standing Knee Cross Crunch
Standing Knee Cross Crunch
Not all crunches need to be done lying down. The knee cross crunch is a great way to work your upper, lower, and mid-abdominal muscles. Stand with your feet shoulder length apart and your arms resting at your side. Place your hands behind your head and make sure your hands are intertwined. Twist at the waist and slowly while bringing your right elbow towards your left knee, lifting your left knee off the floor. Try for at least 15 reps and repeat with the other side.
5. Toned Abs: Standing Side Crunch
Standing Side Crunch
Stand with your legs shoulder width apart and your arms at your side. Shift your weight to your left side while slightly bending your left knee. Place your left hand on your hip and place your right hand behind your head. Crunch your right knee up towards your elbow and slowly bring it back down to the floor. Try for at least 15 crunches on each side.