The gym might be closed, but you can still get your body moving! Join fitness instructor Jeremy Park and In The Know for an at-home workout that will get your heart pumping and have sweat flying in your living room — not to mention, get your muscles toned and tight.
Core strength is more than having six-pack abs you can flaunt at the beach. According to Mayo Clinic, it can help improve your balance and stability, while weak core muscles could result in poor posture, lower back pain and other muscle injuries. So yeah, your abdominals are pretty important!
Luckily, crunches, sit-ups, planks and other ab-strengthening workouts are all easy to do at home and don’t require much space or any equipment (although, you can always add weights or bands to increase resistance).
Follow Jeremy Park in this killer at-home ab workout in the video above, and check out the steps below. You only need about six minutes!
1. Full – Half Crunch (4 x 30 second reps)
Lay down with your lower back on the floor, abs engaged and hands over your head. Using your abs, sit up to do one full crunch and touch your toes, then lay back down. Next, sit up again to do a half crunch, with just your upper back coming off of the floor. This is one rep. Do this for 30 seconds, and repeat three more times.
2. Russian Twists (4 x 30 second reps)
Sit on your bottom with your heels on the ground and lean slightly back. Keeping your core tight, rotate your torso from side to side. If you want to make it more challenging, lift your heels and balance, but keep your hips still. Remember to breathe through the exercise! Do this for 30 seconds, and repeat three more times.
3. Forearm Plank (4 x 30 second reps)
With your elbows on the ground directly under your shoulders, keep your core tight and your body parallel to the ground. Hold for 30 seconds, and repeat three more times.
4. Side Crunch (4 x 30 second reps)
This move targets your obliques! Lay on your side, keeping your forearm under your shoulder and bend your bottom leg on the floor for stability. Elongate your torso, straighten your top leg and then crunch your abs as you bend your top leg in. Hold for 30 seconds, and repeat three more times.
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