Nobody wants to have a flabby midsection, and the best way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to work out your core, especially your abdominal muscles. Strong abdominal muscles are very important because they allow you to have good posture, preventing lower back pains. You might be wondering how ab muscles help with back pain, and shouldn’t we work our back muscles to get a stronger back.
The lower back is a bit tricky because, if you can have a strong back, but weak abdominal muscles, your body will have the tendency to bend in the hip area, putting unnecessary pressure on your spine. That pressure can lead to nerves being pinched, and a terrible pain that is very hard to get rid of.
People who work desk jobs, or sit for long periods of time every day need to have strong abdominal muscles, but toning these muscles is not only about avoiding back pain. Another reason to get your abs toned is to look better. Even when summer is months away, some may prefer having toned abs all the time. But sometimes we just don’t have the time to do an ab workout, or we simply don’t have the room.
Fortunately, there is good news for those who want to combine working out their abs with activities such as watching TV, and for those who don’t have enough room to do an ab workout on the floor. The beauty of ab exercises is that they can be done virtually everywhere (Read: 7 Core Exercises You Can Perform at Your Desk). One of the places where you can tone your abs is your bed, so here are a few exercises that you can do in the same place where you rest.
Lay flat on your stomach, then lift your body by supporting it on your elbows, forearms and the balls of your toes. Keep your body straight, and hold this position for as long as you can. Rest, then do the exercise again, trying to beat your previous time. It is very important that, during this exercise, you breathe properly.
The Plank Lift
While doing the plank exercise described above, you lift your hips, bending your body upwards to create an arch, hold this position for two or three seconds, then go back in the plank position. Do this exercise until you can’t hold the plank any longer, then try to beat your previous record.
The Side Plank
From a regular plank position, roll your body to the side, propping yourself on your elbow and side of your foot. Hold the position for as long as you can, then switch to the opposite arm and foot.
Another great ab toning exercise, the roll-up is started by lying flat on the bed, stretching your legs and arms. Then, you slowly lift your body in a sitting position and reach your arms down, trying to touch your toes. After you hold the position for a few seconds and get a good stretch, go back to lying down on the bed. Do this exercise for at least ten to fifteen times while breathing regularly.
Probably the most well-known ab exercise, the crunch can also be done on the bed. Lie on your back and interlock your fingers behind your head, then raise your shoulders off the ground, contracting your ab muscles. Then go back to the initial position and repeat for as many times as it is comfortable.
The Double Crunch
The double crunch is similar to the regular crunch, but, in addition to lifting your shoulders, you also bend your knees and lift them towards you at the same time. Repeat this exercise for as long as you can, rest, and repeat.
Laying on your back, extend your arms over your head and bend at the waist, lifting both your arms and legs at the same time, creating a V shape with your body. This exercise may be a little difficult at first, but should become much easier if you try it for a few times.
Exercising your abs in the bed might sound a bit strange, but it is a legitimate way of losing fat around your midsection. Your bed is softer than the floor, so your body won’t ache as much the next day, and you also avoid injuring yourself. These seven tummy toning exercises will surely help you get rid of that unwanted fat on your abs and you can do them at any time, literally without getting out of bed.