6 great ab moves to add to your workout to help speed up weight loss
The upcoming wedding season brings with it a slew of celebrations, whether it is your best friend’s poolside mehendi or your cousin’s sangeet. And with weddings come the lehengas and saris that put the focus on your midriff. If you’re tired of hitting the gym and killing yourself with workouts that aren’t helping you lose belly fat, then fret not. Scroll through our slideshow ahead for six powerful moves that will work your entire core. The best part about these weight loss exercises? You don’t need dumbbells or weights or any other kind of equipment for them, so they’re great for when you’re short on time and want to do a quick workout at home or while travelling on a holiday. Do all these moves one after the other as a circuit and repeat it up to four times for a complete core workout.
Side Plank with Leg Lifts
This one is great to get those love handles into shape. Get into a side plank position on your right side. While keeping your torso stable, raise your top leg without bending your knee. Do not let your hips drop. Return to starting position. Repeat the same on the opposite side.
Supine Flutter Kicks
Lie down on your back and place your hands on top of each other under your tailbone to give your lower body a little support. Raise your feet to a 60 or 70-degree angle and flutter them up and down without touching the floor. Continue the same movement for 15 to 20 counts. Start with three sets of 20 and increase sets and reps as you get stronger. This is a great exercise that targets the obliques.
Swiss Ball Superman
Test your core strength and try a superman on a stability ball. Lie with your face-down on a Swiss Ball with your feet straight behind you. Make sure you’ve placed the ball on your abdomen. Raise one arm in front of you to your shoulder level. At the same time, raise and extend the opposite leg until it is parallel to the floor or slightly higher. Repeat the same combination of movements for 20 counts. The exercise works best when performed slowly.
Plank Push Ups
Once regular planks have gotten easy for you, try plank push ups. This exercise combines all the benefits of a plank, with the added arm, shoulder and back workout of a push-up. Start in a plank position and then extend your elbows to a locked-out position while moving your upper and lower body at the same time. Then slowly lower your entire body to the start position and maintain your form. Repeat 10-15 times.
Pelvic Bridge Lifts
Apart from strengthening your core, this exercise will also strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, abdominals and buttocks. Lie flat on the floor, bend your knees, drawing your feet up to or close to your buttocks. Keep your arms by your sides with your palms down. Lift your pelvis off the floor and squeeze your buttocks. Start with ten to fifteen repetitions and hold each pose for three to five counts.
Lean back and sit with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor (you can even lift your feet off the floor to increase the intensity of the exercise) and keep the medicine ball to your chest. Rotate to the right and then to the left, keeping the ball at your chest. Make sure you twist from the lower back. Do about 15 to 20 repetitions per side.