Exercise number 2: Make like a chair. OK, so this is called the Captain's Chair in the gyms that have all the fancy equipment, but you can do it with a sturdy kitchen chair, too. Sit toward the front of the chair with your hands beside your legs, gripping the front edge of the chair. Now lean forward slightly and raise yourself up off of the chair (lifting your legs) and hold the "seated" position for a five count. Lower yourself gently back onto the chair's seat and wait for your vision to return. True believers do 10-15 repetitions, but I don't trust anyone who says that they do.
Exercise the fourth: Crunching on the Pilates ball. This exercise looks pretty easy. Lay on the Pilates ball, facing up, with the ball behind the small of your back and your feet flat on the floor. Your back and thighs should be parallel with the floor. With your hands beside your head (but not hanging on, that's considered cheating) do mini-sit ups, raising your upper torso about 45 degrees. Then lower your upper body to that your torso is parallel with the floor again. Do 10-15 of these, rest and repeat. Or not, there's nobody watching.
The final abdomen wonder exercise: The vertical leg crunch. Lay on your back, with your legs together and straight up in the air. With your hands by your head (and again, the international crunch police forbid grabbing your head or neck) raise your upper body about 45 degrees and lower yourself back to the floor. Not only do you look silly, but you will put an amazing amount of strain on your abdomen muscles. Do this 10-15 times, rest and try to do two more sets. Go on, we dare you!
These five exercises will tone up your abs and make you really appreciate your life, at least those wonderful minutes between exercises. But seriously, this can tighten and strengthen your abdomen, making you less susceptible to many injuries and looking totally amazing in a swim suit.
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