Ab exercise should be an important part of your overall fitness routine. But sometimes it can be a bit challenging to stay enthused about doing hundreds of sit-ups each day – especially when you’re not seeing any real results!
Fortunately, the best ab exercises actually have nothing to do with sit-ups and crunches. There are more creative ways to make your ab workouts both more fun and more effective. Switch up just a few things in your fitness routine, and you’ll have those six-pack abs in no time! Here are three easy strategies to help you get more out of your abdominal exercises.
Slip an Ab Exercise Circuit In Between High Intensity Training Intervals
You’ve probably heard by now that high intensity interval training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and tone your entire body. The idea is to push yourself through a period of intense physical activity, and then allow a brief rest period before starting again. While these rest periods are an important part of the effectiveness of interval training, you can up the intensity of your overall workout by slipping in the occasional ab exercise circuit in lieu of a rest period.
While you may not want to work on more difficult ab exercises during this time, a simple beginner’s circuit (such as holding plank, then side-plank, followed up by bird dog for a few minutes) would act as a suitably challenging “rest” interval to try.Make Ab Exercises More Challenging By Adding Resistance
Another excellent way to make your abdominal workouts both more effective and more fun is by upping the challenge. Try adding resistance weights, or adding props like sandbags, to any or all of your abs exercises, and you’ll quickly discover a few muscles your normal abs workout didn’t even touch!
Learn and Master a Different Ab Exercise Every Week
It is said that diversity is the spice of life. The same holds true for your abs workouts. Trying learning and mastering a new abdominal exercise of increasing difficulty each week to give your routine some spice and challenge. When you consider that effective abs exercise can be had using a wide variety of props and that getting an abdominal workout inherently in nearly every physical activity, you’ll have no trouble coming up with new moves to try.
You can also try alternating exercises which either isolate a particular abdominal muscle or force them all to work in combination, to add yet another level of master and diversity to your weekly fitness routine.
Keeping your abs workouts effective and fun has everything to do with giving your body workouts that regularly challenge all the core muscles across all planes of movement. Having six-pack abs is a worthy goal, and armed with just a little knowledge and creativity, you’ll discover that it is a goal which is well within your reach!
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