If the thought of doing any more crunches sends you running out the gym door, then this post is for you.
The following exercises will work out your entire core, and will have you breaking a sweat but we promise one thing – no traditional crunches! Better yet they can all be done whilst watching your fave TV show!
Lie on your back with your legs extended and together, toes pointed, and your arms in close by your sides. Brace your abs in tight and sit up, lifting your legs off the ground and reaching your arms towards your toes (so that your body looks like the letter ‘V’). Hold for one count, then slowly lower your arms and legs all the way back to the floor. That’s one rep. Do 20 reps total. Try not to use momentum to sit up but focus on your abs instead. Too hard? Bend your knees to make it easier and work your way up to straight legs.
Lie flat on your back with your arms resting palm-down by your sides. Lift your heels about 15 centimeters off of the floor. Keep your legs fully extended, with a slight bend in your knees. Now, quickly move your legs up and down, alternating in small, rapid and scissor-like motions – as one leg goes up, the other comes down. Use your arms to stabilise you, but keep your lower back flat against the ground as best as you can. Keep your abdominal muscles contracted throughout the exercise – they should be doing most of the work. Start by doing this move for 30 seconds. Increase the time depending on your fitness level.