For those who are just starting their exercise routine, congratulations on being proactive in getting healthy. However, it can be daunting to think about what exercises you need to do. Most people think that starting with some form of aerobic exercise is the way to go. And that is true, but there is no reason that you cannot have some strength building and even toning exercises as well. This is especially true for those who want to slim their midsection and help those abs to be even more noticeable.
Most definitely, beginners can do abs workouts! Granted, you may not be able to do all the ab workouts that are out there as these workouts are going to be based on several different levels. If you are just beginning you need to find something that is going to help you slowly move onto those harder ab workouts. Since you have not been exercising the abs regularly, you want to avoid over straining these as it can make you feel like the workout is not worth it. The truth is that is if you start slowly, you are going to see results and feel ten times better!
For those who are just beginning to work their abs, here is an easy to follow workout that you can implement into your weekly exercise routine to start working those abs!
Planks are great for working the entire core and are simple enough to do, even for a beginner. The key with beginners is that you will find it hard to hold these planks for minutes on end. That is why doing a 10 second plank, for 3 to 4 sets is going to start building up these muscles.
While mountain climbers are something that many people dread, for beginners, this can work the abs when you do these exercises in slow motion. To do this, hold you pushup position then slide the foot up towards the chest (many people use sliding discs to make this easier), then back to the starting position, and alternate to the other leg. You will want to do this slowly, focused on your breathing to help build up the ab muscles.
This move is meant to help stretch the abs while also building up the core and back muscles. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Then push your knees forward and drive your hips up. Hold this for one to two seconds, squeezing the abs and glutes. Do this for 3 to 4 sets.
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