Ab Workouts For Women
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Many women suffer from weight gain, especially around the abdominal region which can result in a hindered self-esteem. Fortunately, there are a number of basic ab exercises for women that can help you regain your youthful fit body.
Women of all ages can benefit from the basic ab workouts below, and all you need is to dedicate three days per week to perform them.
As a quick starter tip, you can get more out of your exercise routine by doing them in circuit form. Do one set of each of the exercises below, and wait 30 seconds in between each. Once you've finished your circuit, give yourself a minute to rest and rinse and repeat.
Exercise 1: The Plank Position
Set your body in a natural push-up position, but instead of locking your elbows, bend them until you feel that your weight has shifted from your elbows to your forearms. In this position, your body should now be completely straight. To get the most out of this stretch, brace your stomach like you would if someone were to punch it, and hold it like this for 60 seconds. Make sure you keep up a good form doing this which is not raising your buttocks or dropping your hips.
Exercise 2: The Side Plank
Using your right forearm, prop yourself up on your side while making sure your legs are completely straight. This position should help you form a diagonal line, allowing you to once again brace your abs for 60 seconds. Your knees and hips should stay completely off the floor, as otherwise, the exercise won't work to its fullest extent.
Exercise 3: Lunging With Rotation
For this exercise, you will need one dumbbell you can hold with both hands; choose one that's anywhere between 5 to 10 pounds. With your arms straight out, make sure to stand hip-width apart with your legs. Using your left foot, take one step forward. While twisting your torso to the left, form 90 degree angles with your legs by lowering your body and bending your knees. During this exercise, make sure you're still bracing your abs. Slowly twist your body back to center, using your left foot, push off the ground and stand back up.
This exercise should be performed for your left and right side of the body, so make sure to rotate accordingly.
Bending your knees and keeping your feet planted firmly, lie on the ground. Keep your arms at shoulder level with your palms up, and rest them on the floor. Slowly, start raising your hips in order to create a bridge effect. Raise your left knee towards your chest while bracing your abs. Hold this position for two counts before doing this with your right leg.
These basic ab workouts for women can help you start working towards your goal of reducing belly fat and toning your abdominal regions. With enough practice, these routines will become second nature to you.