Winter is approaching, which means New Year’s Eve is about to strike! With NYE comes new year resolutions. In 2013 Forbes told us that only 8% of those who make a New Year’s resolution actually achieve them, and it is very likely you’re not a part of that 8%…
One great resolution that can be started now is to improve your body! With Kim Kardashian saying she is finally ‘over the big butt movement’ and Nicki Minaj not doing an ‘Anaconda Part: 2’ – it’s safe to say it is time to move on. One area that has yet to fall out of fashion is the abdominal muscles. Perfect for those swimsuits your Sugar Daddy purchases you!
Below are a few different at home ab workouts you can do the comfort of your home whilst lounging about.
Workout One: SIDE PLANK
Lie on your side, propped up on an elbow. Your shoulder should be directly above your elbow. Straighten your legs and raise your hips to create a straight and rigid line from head to toe. Keep your abs contracted during the exercise. Hold this position for as long as you can, and note this down as a starting number. Aim to do this for a set of five.
Workout Two: RAISED ARM PARTIAL SIT UP
Lie on your back, facing upwards, with your knees bent at a ninety degree angle. Raise your arms straight overhead, above yourself, keeping them pointing upward throughout the entire exercise. Sit up halfway and then steadily return to the floor. That’s one rep. Continue for twelve reps, pause for fifteen seconds before returning for another set of twelve, pause again for fifteen seconds, and do a final set of twelve.
Workout Three: FLUTTER KICK
Begin by lying flat on your back on the floor with your arms by the side of your body and the palm of your hands facing down. Start to extend your legs fully out with a slight bend in your knees. Lift the heels of your foot about five inches off the floor. Make small, rapid, up and down scissor-like motions with your legs, as if you’re swimming through water. Do that for about 45 seconds, take a 30 second rest, and repeat. 4-5 reps should be a good amount to start with.
Workout Four: BICYCLES
Start on your back with the tips of your fingers behind ears, elevating your legs high above you and pulling your knees to your chest. Straighten your right leg and rotate your upper body to the left, bringing the right elbow toward the left knee. Switch sides by straightening your left leg, bending your right leg, and bringing the left elbow to the right knee. Alternate sides in a pedaling motion until you’ve completed a full set of six to twelve reps.
Workout Five: COBRA
Lie flat your stomach with your hands underneath your shoulders and your fingers pointing forwards. As you gently exhale and lift your chest and torso off the ground to stretch your abdominal area, begin to press your hips down into the ground. Hold for fifteen to thirty seconds, breathing evenly, then slowly lower back to the floor.
Try those five work outs, and comment below if you’d like to see any other specific area of the body get some speciality workouts planned out before the Summer!