Ten minutes today, a toner core in two weeks!

February 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Fitness | 1 Comment

Hi all, Loren here.  While browsing through my daily blog subscriptions, I stumbled upon five simple ab flattening moves. The best part is – I am already doing these moves on a regular basis, and I can vouch that you’ll begin to see and feel results in as little as two weeks!  Due to lower back pain, I visit a physical therapist every few months.  On my last visit, he taught me these moves — promising that they would strengthen my core, and as a result, ease back pain.  Guess what? He was right!  So if you’re one of many who suffers from back pain, strengthening your abs may be just the trick!

Thanks to thatsfit.com, here are the ab flattening/pain lessening exercises (that take less than ten minutes combined!):

1. Lower Tummy Toner

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1. Lie on your back with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Place arms by your side, palms facing the floor.  Pull your belly button in as you lift your hips off the ground.

2. Double Crunch

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2. Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and elbows out. This is just like a regular crunch, but you’re bringing your lower and upper body together at the same time.

3.  Knee Twists

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3. Lie on your back with your arms extended out, palms toward the floor. Bend your legs in the air at a 90 degree angle. Keeping your upper body completely still and your legs together, lower your knees to the left side. Then bring your knees back to the initial position, and bend them to the right side.

4. Flutters

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4. Lie on your back with your legs extended straight up toward the ceiling. Place your arms close to your sides, with your hands underneath your buttocks. While lifting your head and shoulders off the ground, alternate crossing your legs in front and back of each other, making your way to a 45 degree angle. Once you’re at a 45 degree angle, crisscross your way back to the starting position.

5. Plank Pull-ins

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5. Position your body in a plank —  just as you would for doing a push-up. Be sure your back is straight and your head is extended. While tightening your abs, bring your right knee up to your chest. Then straighten your leg, and bring your left knee up toward your chest.

And there you have it! For each exercise, try and do as many as you can in 60 seconds. For just ten minutes a day and a toner core in two weeks, I’d say these are some beneficial exercises to incorporate in a daily routine!


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  1. thanks Loren! I’ve been looking for a new and fun abs routine!

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