The gym is undoubtedly a great place for people to exercise and workout but not everyone has enough time or resources to maintain a regular membership with one. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, it is hard to commit to a regular visit to the gym. Fortunately, this does not mean that our ab workouts have to suffer. There are several home ab workouts that can be used in improving or toning the look and feel of our ab muscles. Two popular examples are
Vertical Crunches: The Vertical crunch is an ab workout that can be done from the comfort of the home. Doing this exercise routine does not require the use of any additional equipment. This exercise can be used in building or toning the upper ab muscles.
To begin, you will need a place to lie down. You can either lie (face up) on the floor or choose to lie on a towel or mat. Your arms should be behind you and resting on the floor as well. When you are ready, gently raise and keep your legs a few feet from the ground.
With your legs in its raised position, lift our upper torso from the ground. Your stomach muscles should form the core of your actions. Lower yourself and then repeat for a desired number of reps.
The Bicycle Ab workout: The Bicycle exercise is a popular ab routine amongst fitness experts and trainers. One of the reasons behind this is that it effectively works on all the major muscle groups of the stomach. The Ab workout also does not require the use or support of any gym equipment. People will thus be able to do this exercise from the comfort of their home.
To begin the bicycle ab workout, lie on your back with your body straightened. Put your hands lightly behind your head or next to your ears. Once you are ready, raise your right knee (only) towards your torso. At the same time, rise from the ground with your left elbow until your elbow touches the raised knee. Once this is done, lower yourself and repeat for the other side (i.e. Touch your right elbow to your raised left knee).
The workout is known as the bicycle because your legs should have a continuous up and down motion during the exercise similar to that of a person riding a back. If you choose to place you hands behind your head, avoid pulling too hard so you do not hurt your neck.
Proper workout habits will improve the results that you get. For example you should always remember to stay hydrated. If your body loses too much water, it can affect your blood flow and pressure. In simple cases this will result in sensations of dizziness and lightheadedness caused by a reduced flow of blood to the head. In more extreme cases however, people have been known to pass out from the irregular blood flow.
It is also very important that you do not strain yourself during these workouts. Building your ab muscles will not occur overnight regardless of how long you keep at it. Instead, your persistence to continue through the ache of your muscles can result in potential long term damage and injury to your stomach muscles.