In our workout journey, one of the most frustrating things to work out on is our abs. It can be so challenging to build our desired abs while attempting to maintain our diet at the same time. However, it is possible. The many benefits of having strong abs include endurance and flexibility with your body. By having stronger abs, you have a better posture and you have a generally stronger core. Not to mention, stronger abs guarantees a slimmer waist and a flatter stomach. With this being said, the following are the 10 best stomach exercises to build strong abs:
#1 Long Arm Crunch
The long arm crunch is known as one of the most effective ab workouts. While this exercise focuses more on your upper abs, it also focuses on your core at the same time since all your core muscles are activated with this exercise. Benefits of the long arm crunch include strengthening your balance and improving your posture, and of course gaining muscles in your stomach to achieve the stomach you want.
For better execution of this exercise, lie down on a mat for better comfort. Next, raise your arms and put them above your head, flat on the floor. Your palms should be then facing the ceiling. Your legs and feet should be relaxed, flat on the floor. Gradually curl up without moving your body weight. In doing this move, use your abdomen and not your head or neck for proper execution. As you’re doing this, lift your hands off the floor and keep them parallel to the floor. Once you’ve done this, gradually go back to the original position and repeat this as many times as you prefer.
#2 Standing Cross-Body Crunch
The standing cross cross crunches increases both your core strength and stability, and slims down your waist. This exercises also works on your flexibility and your overall coordination. This exercise doesn’t just count purely as a strength exercise, but cardio as well- since it’s an exercise that increases your heart rate and burns off unwanted body fat.
To start off, stand straight with your feet apart and place your hands behind your head, similar to a crunches position. Next, bend your right leg and lift it as high as you can. While doing this, your right knee should meet your left elbow. Do the same for your left leg and repeat this exercise for as many times as you’d like.
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