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The Stomach Exercise Compound Effect

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Toning your stomach does not always require hours of training in the gym. You can give your abdominals a workout in multiple quick sets throughout the day. This can be even more effective than going to the gym three days a week for a hour, specifically because of the frequency, randomness and shock value.

When you go to the gym, believe it or not your muscles are being prep by your brain to get ready for war. However, if you randomly pick five times a day to work your stomach out this catches the muscles off guard and increases engagement and response.

Here are two stomach exercises you can randomly do anywhere throughout the day. As you get used to the exercise, challenge yourself by increasing the number of repetition.

1. Planks:
- Start off with the push-up position then the ease down onto your elbows. Now curl your toes under and engage your abs by tilting your pelvis and pulling your belly button toward your spine. Straighten your body but keep your neck and spine neutral. Hold this position for 25 seconds minimum and 2 sets.

2. Air Bike:
-Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground. Now place your hands behind your head. Make sure to stay relax and not strain with the neck as you perform. Now lift your shoulders into the crunch position as you bring your knees up to where they are perpendicular to the floor, with your lower legs parallel to the floor. This is the starting point. Now simultaneously, slowly go through a cycle pedal motion kicking forward with the left leg and bringing in the knee of the right leg. Bring your right elbow close to your left knee by crunching to the side, as you breathe out. Repeat this motion on each side for a minimum of 30 repetitions and 2 sets.

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