gentle core yoga flow

Want to start working on your abs but not sure where to start? This is a very short and gentle abdominal challenge that will leave you wanting more – it is perfect if you’re just getting back to working out post-baby or if it’s been awhile since you’ve been back at it! It becomes quite challenging if you repeat it a few times – those core muscles will start brewing and firing up. Be sure that you really squeeze the knee up to the elbow and into your chest (feel your tummy muscles work as you move into these positions) – it’s as if you are doing a sit up but in the air! And when you do the opposite limb lifts (aka bird dog), make sure you keep hips and shoulders level with a flat table top back. Enjoy!

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work your abs (I)

THE ABDOMINAL WORKOUT

Here are some ab exercises that you can do when you have 5 minutes of free time. To make the most of your ab workout, try to make sure you exhale on exertion (e.g. exhale as your crunch) and keep the core tight by pulling your belly button up and inwards (e.g. while planking). Below is a video to guide you through the ab workout – again I’ve used a tabata timer so this could be one round of tabata if you are doing a tabata workout! For the mommies – these are great to build your core strength post-pregnancy/labour (always make sure you are cleared for exercise with your health care practitioner).