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One Move For Sleek ABS


The Payoff

Trim down and tone up with the inchworm exercise. This exercise challenges and strengthens your entire abdominal region. It also has real-life benefits: Balancing on a stability ball trains your alb, spinal and hip muscles to stabilize your entire body during other activities, says Jennifer, a certified personal trainer.

For Best Results

Add this move 2-3 times per week to your regular strength programme. Aim for 2-3 sets of 12-15 reps each time. When you feel ready, challenge yourself by slightly lifting one (straight) leg off the ball as you do the move.

How To Do It?

  • Drape yourself face-down over a stability ball, hands on the floor in front of you. Walk hands forward until shins are on the ball, legs and feet together, wrists  under shoulders, arms straight but not locked, fingers spread flat on the floor.
  • Look straight down at floor and pull abs up and in, drawing tailbone down so your body forms a straight line from head to heels, shoulders pulled back, neck in a neutral position.
  • Bend both knees in toward shoulders, keeping abdominals tight and torso stable, pulling ball underneath you. Keep shoulders aligned over wrists.
  • Straighten legs by rolling ball away from you to starting position. Repeat.

Mistakes To Avoid

  • Don't let your belly sag (as pictured) as you roll the ball toward and away from you; this stresses your spine and back.
  • Don't pull the ball so close to you that you can't push it back out; this decreases the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Don't let your shoulders overshoot your hands or round your spine as you pull the ball toward you; both can cause you to lose your balance.

Smart Ways To Firmer Abs

A mix of low-fat eating , cardio exercise and moves to strengthen tummy muscles is the fastest way to flaunt a sexy six-pack. Try these tips:

Sit On It

Replace your usual chair at work with a stability ball. You'll constantly have to adjust and readjust your body to balance. This works your core tummy muscles and improve posture.

Cardio In Everyday Life

Even moderate cardio activity helps burn fat. And you don't have to go to a gym either. Walking, housework, swimming - any activity that gets you moving and leaves you slightly breathless counts as cardio exercise.

 

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