Busy schedules can keep you from exercising, but these easy workouts are about to change that. An important part of your health is strengthening your abdominal and core muscles, so use times you’re sitting down to work your abs. Strengthening your core muscles can improve your balance, coordination and stability, as well as reduce your risk of lower back pain and injury. Incorporate these belly-blasting moves in your hectic days and see what an impact it’ll have on your overall health.
Do modified ab crunches
Recline in your chair with your knees together and bent at a 90-degree angle. Interlace your fingers behind your head and tighten your abs. Making sure your core is engaged, hinge your chest forward, bringing an elbow (say, your right elbow) towards the knee on the opposite side (your left knee). Return to starting position. Bring your other elbow (your left elbow) towards the opposite knee (your right knee). Return to starting position.
Flutter your legs
Tighten and pull your abs towards your spine to engage your core muscles. Then, gently tilt back from the waist with your legs off the chair. With straight knees, flutter kick your legs.
Do Russian twists
Lean back and hold your body by your core muscles in a “V”-position, balancing on the back of your buttocks at a 90-degree angle between your abdomen and your thighs. Alternate twisting your upper body to the left and to the right.
Emulate running or biking
Engage your abdominal muscles. Gently tilting back from the waist, emulate running or biking with the lower half of the body, while maintaining your upper half.
Do a simple waist rotation
Even the smallest workouts can exercise your abs. Sit up straight in your chair and pull in your core. Rotate at the waist from side-to-side while maintaining proper upright position.