Not many are aware of the fact, that there are a number of standing ab exercises, which are as good as the floor abdominal exercises, if not more. Let’s see which are the standing abdominal exercises…
When we say abdominal exercises, the exercises that come to our mind are the basic sit-ups, crunches, etc. However, there are numerous abdominal exercises, which can easily be practiced in the gym or at home, while watching T.V. At the same time, you require no or barely any exercise equipment to do these standing abdominal exercises, which makes it a hot favorite with people, who cannot hit the gym for whatever reasons. Let’s see what are these abdominal exercises.
Easy Standing Ab Exercises
When you are doing these exercises, you should make sure, you follow the instructions carefully, so that you do not injure yourself.
Exercise # 1
This is called the cross knee crunch. Stand up erect and place your legs shoulder-width apart, so that your shoulders are in line with your hips. Now raise your right arm into the air and slowly extend your left leg to the side, but point your toes down. Then slowly lift your left knee and bring your right elbow down, such that the right elbow and left knee touch each other. Hold for a couple of seconds and come back to the starting position and repeat the exercise on both the sides.
Exercise # 2
This is one of the very effective standing abdominal exercises. Stand straight, with shoulder-width distance between your feet and place your arms straight onto your sides. Make sure your hands are not locked at the elbows and your fingers point off to the side. Now slowly start bending side to side and back and forth. When you bend, you can only move your torso, using your hip joint to move. So that you know, you are bending sufficiently, when you bend down, your fingers should reach about 6 to 8 inches below the knees. When you are doing this exercise, you will experience the pressure on the obliques.
Exercise # 3
We will now do the twists, which are great oblique exercises. Stand with your feet a little more than shoulder-width distance between your feet. Either place your hands on your waist or hold your hands in front of you. Now slowly twist to the right, come back to the starting position, twist to the left and come back to the starting position. This is your one iteration of the exercise. Repeat this exercise at least for 15 iterations. You can also hold a ball in your hand, when you do this exercise.
Exercise # 4
The next is the twist and bend exercise, which makes for a great love handle exercise. Stand with your legs a little more than shoulder-width apart. Intertwine and place your hands at the back of the neck. Now slowly twist to the right and bend down from your hip joint. Slowly come back up and twist back to the center. Then repeat the same on the other side as well. You will have to repeat the exercise on either side 15 times.
Exercise # 5
This is not the conventional abdominal exercise. It can be done, when you are sitting or when you are standing. It helps in strengthening the core. Sit or stand comfortably and slowly suck your abs in. Hold the abs there, till you can and then slowly release. Repeat this exercise, whenever you are bored or are sitting at leisure, but do not repeat the exercise on a full stomach.
Along with these standing ab exercises, you will also have to include some cardiovascular exercises. Walking exercise, running and jogging, etc., are also said to be every effective. Do not forget to take care of your diet as well. Make sure you skip fried and oily stuff and feed yourself on healthy greens. The journey to achieving the well toned abs may look very long, but it is certainly worth the effort.