Stand tall. Having a strong core gives us a sense of power and stability that hits body and mind alike. Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up are showing us how to make it happen — turns out, it’s not just about popping out those planks. We asked these pros — who are about to launch a national tour — to show us their fave quickie lower ab workout, and to dish on a few ways to make our hard work really shine. Bathing suit season may be ending, but the season for strong abs is here to stay…
A tight and toned core feels strong, confident, and healthy. A combination of nutrition and toning workouts is your best bet for a slim and sculpted center! Today we’re sharing our top tips and a 10 minute lower ab workout to reveal your sexy core.
Get your slimming foods in.Bloating can hide all of the hard work you’ve put in to tone your core. Filling your meals with foods that naturally de-bloat can help reveal your gorgeous muscles! Asparagus, lemon juice, and ginger are all slimming, delicious, and can easily be added to your meals! Try grilling some asparagus with your dinner or making ginger lemon tea.
Tone your center in every workout.With proper form, you ‘ll tone your core with every workout you do. Your midsection helps to stabilize your body and protect your spine. Pull your belly button toward your spine while performing deadlifts, squats, bent over rows… pretty much any move you do! You’ll help keep your balance while sculpting your core, too.
Bump up the intensity. High intensity interval training – aka HIIT – is great for boosting your metabolism all day long. Adding a HIIT workout into your routine 2-3 times a week can help reveal those gorgeous ab muscles. Try our Sandy Sweat HIIT routine HERE!
Lower your stress levels. Cortisol is your body’s stress hormone. Increased cortisol levels can cause your body to store fat in your midsection. Not getting enough sleep can put your body and mind on edge. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep per night to decrease your daily stress levels.
10-Minute Lower Ab Workout
High Knees | Raises your metabolism and tones your lower abs!
Jog in place, bringing your knees up to your belly button. Make sure to land softly on your feet.
Continue for 30 seconds.
Down Dog Toe Tap | Tones your entire core and shoulders!
Begin in a down dog position. Touch your right foot with your left hand. Return to start. Touch your left foot with your right hand. Continue alternating sides.
10 reps on each side, 20 reps total.
Alternating Plank Knee Taps | Tones your lower abs and shoulders!
Begin in a plank position with your hands directly below your shoulders and core engaged. Slowly lower your right knee to tap the ground. Return to start and repeat with your left knee. Continue alternating sides.
Complete 15 reps on each side, 30 reps total.
Weighted Toe Touch Crunch | Tones your lower abs and core!
Begin laying on your back with arms and legs extended, hands holding onto a light weight. Lift your legs and upper body off the ground at the same time and meet your feet and hands at center. Slowly lower back down.
Complete 15 reps.
Tabletop Swing | Sculpts your lower abs and booty!
Begin in a reverse tabletop position with your booty pressed up into the air. Swing your hips down and back, making sure to use your core to keep your booty from touching the ground. Reverse the move to return to start.
Complete 20 reps.
Repeat the entire workout twice!
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