Already being a few weeks into the New Year, you’ve either decided to pursue that gym membership idea, or participate in the home gym route. Whichever path you’ve decided to trek along, it doesn’t hurt to practice a few exercises in the comfort of your own space. The following tummy-taming exercises provided by FitnessMagazine.com will tone your stomach in no time!
Sit on the edge of a chair, placing your hands on the edge with your fingers pointing towards your knees. With your weight on your hands, bring your toes about four inches off the floor while tightening your ab muscles. Lift your butt off the chair as well. Hold this position for about 10 seconds. Lower yourself down and repeat. Continue this exercise for about one minute.
Opposite arm and leg raise
Beginning on all fours, align your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Raise your left leg to hip height and left arm to shoulder height. Hold this position for two counts, reaching forward with your fingers and back with your heels. Now, repeat this exercise on the opposite side. To make this more challenging, touch your opposite elbow to your knee, while pulling your arm and leg inwards. Do 15 to 20 reps, alternating sides.
Squat thrust with twist
Stand and place your feet shoulder-width apart, while extending your arms in front of you at shoulder height. Start by squatting down, bending your knees at 90 degrees, and twisting your upper body to the left. Now come up, and repeat this exercise to the right. Don’t allow your knees to jut forward from above your toes. Keep your weight in your heels. Keep your knees facing forward, as chest and shoulders move side to side. For ideal results, bend your knees as close to 90 degrees as possible.
Lie down with your knees bent and your palms facing down. Exhale and raise your head and shoulders off the mat. Vigorously pump your arms six inches up and down, reaching with your fingertips. Inhale for five pumps, then exhale for five pumps. Be sure to curl your chin in toward your chest. Do 100 pumps, or 10 full breaths.
The prone plank
Get yourself into a full push-up position, with palms on the floor beneath your shoulders. Hold yourself in this position for 30 seconds, with your abs contracted and arms and legs extended. Keep your head aligned with your spine.