Home Workout Tips: Easy Abdominal Exercises

Part of any effective workout program and routine must include abdominal exercises. Find out some of the easiest you can do to tone those stomach muscles, along with techniques and instructions for doing them.

Abdominal exercises are an excellent means for men to improve the look of their "Six Packs" and women who want a firm, fat free waist. There are many easy, healthy exercises that can tone the muscles around a person's middle, such as Leg Lifts. To perform a leg lift, simply lie down flat on your back on a firm surface. Lift your left leg up and as high into the air as you can. Hold this position for the count of three, then, lower your leg. Raise your right leg up and hold it to a three count as high as you can. Then, lower your right leg. Finally, to complete the set, raise both legs up and over your middle. Count to three, and then lower both legs. Repeat this set at least ten times.

Here's a valuable tip: if you want to add resistance to this exercise, attach padded weights to your ankles. You can purchase these weights at your local sports store. Or, you can simply fill up old tube socks with enough clean, unused cat litter to make a one or two pound weight. Tie the tops of the socks shut, then wrap them snugly around your ankles. Pin them in place, and you're ready to exercise!

Another popular exercise that will target your abdominal muscles is a Sit Up. This exercise has been around for a long time. It maintains its popularity because it's not only easy to do, but it's also effective.

To perform an easy sit up, simply lie down flat on a firm surface. You'll either need an assistant to help you, or, a heavy piece of furniture, such as a couch, will do the trick too. Bend your knees and then have your assistant hold your feet down. Or, bend your knees and slide your feet underneath the couch. Clasp your hands together and place them behind your head. Now, raise your upper body up and pull it towards your knees as far as you can. Hold this position for the count of five, and then lower your body back down to the floor. Repeat this exercise at least twenty five times.

Here's a healthy tip: concentrate on using your abdominal muscles to pull your upper body up. Avoid using your neck or shoulder muscles as this can cause undue stress and strains.

Have you ever seen a cat stretch their backs? You can also take a tip from your feline and perform an easy exercise that's similar to their stretching technique. To do a cat stretch, get down on the floor on your hands and knees. Relax your muscles and look straight ahead. Then, tighten your abdominal muscles while you push your back up as far as you can. Hold this position for the count of five, then release your muscles and relax your back. Repeat this exercise at least twenty-five times.

Here's another healthy tip: in order for abdominal exercises to work for you, you should perform them at least twenty minutes a day, three to four times a week, according to health experts.

Another easy exercise that's similar to pedaling a bicycle is aptly called "Bicycling." To perform this abdominal - flattening exercise, simply lie flat on a firm surface. Place each hand beside your head. Then, pull your knees up and move your feet around in a circular motion like you're actually pedaling a real bicycle. Do this to the count of ten, and then relax. Repeat this exercise at ten times.

And finally, here's a tip that you should use for all types of exercises: remember to breathe in deeply and breathe out fully while performing the moves. Your body- especially the heart and the other muscles- needs the additional oxygen so they can work properly.

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