Let’s face it: The new year is RIGHT around the corner, and we’re all thinking it. Those new year’s resolutions are upon us! Let the crazy crash diets and unrealistic workout routines commence! 😉 Just kidding, y’all. Kind of. Ok, I only laugh about it because I’ve been there SO many times! All jokes aside, it’s actually healthy to have realistic goals in mind. Even though new year’s resolutions may seem cliché, starting a new year off right is important and can help motivate us to achieve our goals! If one of your goals this year happens to be attaining that 6-pack, here are 7 Ab Exercises That Aren’t Crunches!
If you’re completely sick of the same ‘ol same ‘ol when it comes to ab exercises, or maybe just tired of boring crunches, these 7 moves are designed for you!
Do each of these moves for 1 minute, for a total workout of 7 minutes. Challenge yourself by doing the routine twice for a total of 14 minutes!
Here are 7 Ab Exercises That Aren’t Crunches:
Place hands under shoulders and raise up to a plank position, engaging the abs. Hold for 1 minute.
2. Toe Touches
Starting in a reverse tabletop position, reach one arm up and touch the opposite toe. Alternate sides.
3. Side Jack Knives
Start by laying on your left side. Place right arm overhead (reaching for the wall) and stack legs. Next, reach the right arm up while simultaneously lifting the right leg, forming a V. Return to starting position and repeat. Do this on one side for 30 seconds, then rotate and complete the other side for 30 seconds (for a total of 1 minute).
4. Russian Twist
From the heel touches, lower the heels to the mat and begin touching the floor on each side. Repeat a total of 30 times (15 on each side), alternating sides.
5. Flutter Kicks
Lay flat with hands by your sides. Engage the abs, then raise the right leg to a 45 degree angle. Lower the right leg as you raise the left leg. Continue to alternate, keeping your heels from touching the ground.
Start by laying flat, hands behind your head. Bring your right elbow and left knee to the center, allowing them to meet. Continue by alternating sides.
7. Mountain Climbers
Start in plank position, keeping the back straight. Bring the left leg to the opposite elbow, engaging the abs. Return, then bring the right leg to the opposite elbow. Continue alternating.
Disclaimer: It is important that you consult your doctor before starting new fitness regimes. By doing this workout, you are participating at your own risk. Modify the workout to fit your body’s needs and remember to listen to your body!