Ever wonder how to have that beautifully sculpted midsection? Well, truth be told, you will need to put a little more effort to working out your abdominal muscles if you want to see some definition in your abdomen. Doing crunches or sit-ups are all well and good but they aren’t the only exercises that will see your fat belly trim down. And when it comes to time, you don’t have to spend more than what you can, because even doing five minutes of core workout can help you get closer to your goal of getting flat abs. As a matter of fact, here are some ab workouts that you can do in five minutes.
You can’t beat this classic move when it comes to toning and tightening your midsection. Go into an upright plank position with your hands positioned underneath your shoulders and legs resting on the balls of your feet. Keep your core engaged as you raise your right knee towards your chest then extend it back out again. Do the same with the opposite leg. Keep alternating for 30 to 60 seconds.
Rotating single-leg plank
Start this exercise in an elbow plank pose with your left leg raised behind your hips and your core engaged. Move your weight to your right arm as you rotate your torso towards the left so that you are in a side-plank pose. Remember to keep your left leg raised throughout the exercise. Reverse your movements to go back to your first position. Do as many reps as you can within 30 seconds then switch to the other side and do another 30 seconds.
Here is another core workout that will really test your muscles. Lie down on the floor with your arms stretched above you. And your legs spread out. Activate your core are raise your torso up while bending your knees to form a V-shape. Make sure that your feet are elevated so that your weight will be carried by your butt. Go back to your first pose and repeat.
In this workout, you will need to lie down on the floor on your stomach with your arms extended before you until you form an X-shape. Now extend your spine and lift your chest as well as your thighs off the floor and allow your arms and legs to hover. Reach your right arm and your left leg toward the ceiling. Quickly switch sides as if you are swimming. Do as many reps as you can within 60 seconds.
Side plank crunch
There is no denying the power of doing crunches, but you know you can take it to a whole new level by doing some side plank crunches. Go into a side plank pose then, while your core is engaged, bring your raised arm and leg toward your midsection or do a crunch so to speak. Go back to your first position and do 10 reps before switching to the other side.