6 at-home abdominal exercises

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Gym membership prices seem to be sky rocketing these days. With life becoming more expensive and constantly busy, who has the time or money to go to the gym?
What’s even more frustrating is when you have that little bit of a gut that makes you want to be at a gym.
Luckily, there are some really great workouts that can help reduce stomach fat and help you lost weight! I do these on the daily and feel really good after every session. Here are six effective ab exercises you can do from home.

1.      Leg Lifts
Probably very generic but one of the best exercises you can do. Lay down on your back with your arms to your side. Next, lift your legs up to the sky and back down again. Do fifteen of these, three different times.

2.      Sit-ups
Another very generic workout but who says generic is bad?! Sit-ups are one of the easiest things you can do. Since they are so easy, have yourself  hold something heavy while doing them. It adds more intensity for your workout. I find it good to do around three sets of 20 sit-ups.

3.      Planks
No, I’m not talking about the viral 2010 phenomenon, I am talking about the one that makes you wish you were in bed! Lay flat on your stomach with your elbows to the ground. Push your body up with your feet and stay in a straight position. If you have any weights laying around, ask someone to put the mon your back when planking so you can feel more pressure in your stomach. Do this for 30 seconds 5 times.

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4.      Abdominal Hold
This one is a little fun because you get to use some household items, preferable a chair. After getting a chair or even use your counter if it’s sturdy enough, sit on the edge of it. Place your hands on the edge as well and lift your body up.  Do your best to tighten your abs during this workout. I recommend doing three sets of these for 30 seconds each.

5.      Side Crunch
If you’re looking to become more balanced, the side crunch will truly help you out.  Kneel down on the floor and lean to your right or left side, placing the left or right palm on the floor. While balancing your weight, lift your leg and keep your toes pointed! If you want to make this more difficult, extend your arm that isn’t=’t on the ground up with the movement of your leg. Beware of this exercise though, it will get your hips moving.

6.      The Hundred
This is one of the most intense ones. Lay down on the ground with your legs flat. Then, lift them up slowly and pump your arms rapidly. Slowly lift your legs closer and closer to your chest as your arms are pumping. This will really make you feel the burn!

As you can see, it isn’t too difficult to workout from home if you aren’t quite the gym rat. Burn those calories and prepare for your summer body!