Workout Wednesdays: Tummy Toners for Swimsuit Season
Want to look awesome in your swimsuit this summer? Having trouble getting your tummy into good form? Try some of these exercises to target those tummy muscles:
- Bicycle Crunches. Lying flat on the floor and hands placed behind your head for support, raise your knee and meet it with the opposite elbow and alternate (right knee meets left elbow and left knee meets right elbow). Repeat these alternating movements while keeping your core engaged. Try for three sets of eight.
- Planks. Start these on all four limbs with your elbows propping you up and your knees bent. Then, extend your legs so that just your toes are supporting your lower body while your elbows are bearing your upper body weight. Your back, butt and legs should all form a straight line. Hold this position for as long as possible and then repeat up to ten times.
- Leg Raises. Lie on your back with your arms resting comfortably at your sides. Palms should be facing down. Your legs should be straight with your feet together. Tighten your abs. Lift your legs straight up and form a 45-degree angle. Lower your legs to just a few inches above the floor. Repeat for three sets of eight.
- Medicine Ball Twist. You will need to have a medicine ball weighing up to five pounds for this particular exercise. Have a seat on the floor with your legs in front of you and knees bent. Your feet should be pressed together. Hold the medicine ball with both hands and turn/twist at the waist from side to side, each time making an effort to twist as far to the right or left as possible.