Ab workouts for fab abs! 5 exercises to include in your fitness regime (Health Shots)

Posted: Nov 15, 2023 in In the News

This article originally appeared in Health Shots on November 15, 2023.

Ab workouts for fab abs! 5 exercises to include in your fitness regime

By Anjuri Nayar Singh

If you have been searching for more impactful and quickest ways to build your abs. While six pack abs might be the reason for you to embark on this journey, these ab workout exercises also focus on strengthening your core and redefining your abdominal muscles. Wondering what all to include in your regime to get this?

Health Shots got in touch with fitness expert and Fit India Ambassador Wanita Ashok to spill the beans on the best and most effective ab workouts that assure you results.

What are ab workouts?

Ab workouts are exercises specifically designed to target and strengthen the muscles of the abdomen, including the rectus abdominis, obliques, and transverse abdominis. “Ab workouts can include a variety of exercises such as crunches, planks, Russian twists, leg raises, and more. Incorporating a mix of different exercises and focusing on proper form and technique is important for effectively working the abdominal muscles,” explains Ashok.

How many ab workouts should you include in your routine every day?

Ab workouts are quality not quantity. “You should do up to 2-3 ab workouts in a session. All worked out muscles for 48 hours before you work out them out again. It is important to allow rest and recovery time for the muscles helps is muscle growth and recovery,” adds Ashok.

She says, “Overdoing ab workouts can lead to overtraining and potential injury just like any other muscle group, the abs need time to rest and recover to grow and strengthen,” explains Ashok.

Overworking the abs can also lead to imbalances in the core muscles, which can affect posture and overall stability. Ab exercises should be teamed with logo back strengthening exercises which is the opposing muscle group.


Best ab workout exercises to follow

A study published in the American Council on Exercise listed out the best exercises, specifically for the stomach. The study was conduced on 30 men and women, between the ages of 20-45 years. Here are the best ab workouts to follow:

1. Bicycle crunches

To do this, you need to lie down on your back in a way that you back touches the ground. Now, lift your knees and bring them close to your chest. After this, lift your shoulders. Now, straighten your left leg, and turn your upper body to the right, and vice-versa.


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