Four Minutes To Fab Abs
As we near the end of July it seems like summer activities and outdoor social events are happening every day. This also means that there are more and more belly baring opportunities. Granted, there are a few folks who have no reservations about flaunting their figures, however, the idea of showing off their belly is a bit anxiety inducing. While there’s no possible way to build core muscle in less than five minutes, there are a handful of things you can do to make your tummy appear tight and toned. The best part: each of the tips below will only take you four minutes!
Abs in The A.M.
Your morning is already busy enough…we get it. But, if you could build your core strength and tone your tummy in four minutes’ flat, would you? The caveat here is that you should do your best to do this fast, four-minute workout every day. Which is exactly why we suggest getting it over with in the morning; do the routine while your water heats up for the shower or while your coffee brews. Did we mention there’s not a single crunch involved?
Minute 1: start this speedy workout with a marching glute bridge. Lie on your back with your palms facing up, your knees bent, and your feet flat on the ground. Move into bridge post by lifting your hips off the ground, then march your legs up one at a time bringing your shin parallel to the ceiling. Keep your hips raised while you march your feet for two sets of 20 seconds with a 10-second rest between sets.
Minute 2: It’s time to do some v-ups. Stay on your back, this time extend your legs out and arms straight above your head. Take a deep breath in, then on the out-breath life your arms and legs to meet, essentially creating a V with your body. Continue laying flat, then moving into a V for two sets of 20 seconds with a 10-second rest between sets.
Minute 3: Now, roll over into a high plank (being sure that your hands are directly below your shoulders). Then, move into a forearm plank (keeping your elbows directly below your shoulders) by lowering one arm at a time, then get right back up into a high plank. Continue to move your body from a high plank to a forearm plank for two sets of 20 seconds with a 10-second rest between sets
Minute 4: With one minute to go, it’s time to do a few superman lifts. Lay face down with your arms and legs extended straight. In one motion, lift your legs, chest, arms up off the floor and hold yourself up for 20 seconds. Slowly lower back down and rest for 10 seconds, then lift yourself back up again.
Research shows that drinking 16 ounces of chilled water will boost your metabolism by 24% for the next hour and a half. In addition, when your body is dehydrated, it’s more likely to hold on to excess water weight and create bloat. If you keep your body hydrated it will release the excess bloat and your tummy will look and feel flatter. Start guzzling that water, it only takes a few moments throughout the day!
Just as bronzer enhances your cheekbones, it can enhance your abs, too! Use a powder bush to apply a matte bronzer to your tummy, placing the color where you want definition. This quick fix might take practice at first, but once you’ve got it down you’ll be creating abs in seconds.