If you thought that the only way to get a flat stomach is to do only abs exercises, you’re wrong!
Actually, you can get a great core workout even when your spinning wheels, lifting weight and throwing punches in kickboxing.
Here’s how to get incredible stomach muscles during any workout:
1. Cycling Class
Keep your back straight! If you want to influence on your abs while cycling, focus on keeping your chest open and your shoulders back. If you’re having a hard time keeping your back straight, raise your handlebars a bit. This will help you lighten the load on your core.
“I always cue clients and classes to bend their knees, tilt their pelvises (think: an imaginary belt buckle around your waist would face up slightly), and brace their core. If I were to punch you in the gut, you’d be prepared,” says Kourtney A. Thomas, C.S.C.S. owner of Lagniappe Fitness in St. Louis.
While you’re punching and kicking, you’re putting your core muscles to work. Kickboxing can actually help you get amazing abs.
Pilates is all about the core. Maintaining a right spinal alignment during your exercises will take your core to a whole new level.
Stand and make sure that your weight is distributed through your feet. Keep your pelvis neutral. Your ribs should be directly over your hips and your ears directly over your shoulders. Just standing like this will engage your core muscles.
“Running doesn’t directly work your core, but your core strength impacts your running ability. Strong abs can make your stride more efficient and increase your speed and endurance,” says
To make your abs stronger while you’re running, stand tall, lead with your chest and keep shoulders back.
Another good thing about your core is backwards jogging. You don’t need to go fast, choose your paste.
Balancing yoga poses will definitely help you get a stronger core. Concentrate on your yoga breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Even the breathing will help you work your core muscles.