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October 6, 2020
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Best Ab Workouts to Stay Fit During the Holidays

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Building a strong core will do more than just help you develop abs. People with strong cores tend to have better balance, agility and flexibility and can run faster while experiencing fewer back pains. Adding ab workouts to your holiday fitness routine could go a long way into helping you develop a strong core. An added benefit? Some of the best workouts for your core can be done from wherever you are, whether it’s visiting family or staying at a hotel.

Quality always trumps quantity when doing ab workouts. It will be counterproductive to do multiple reps if you aren’t doing them the right way. Explore our ab workout tips below for ways to keep up your fitness routine on the go this holiday season!

Bicycle Crunch

The bicycle crunch can be an effective addition to your core-building holiday workout routine, especially if you are a beginner. It requires no equipment and is easy to start. The exercise targets the usual abs, obliques and deeps abs. Think of this holiday fitness exercise as riding an imaginary bicycle while laying on your back. You need to:

  1. Lay on your back, place your hands behind your head, and raise your legs while bending them at a 90-degree angle.
  2. Stretch one leg before taking it back to the 90-degree angle. Stretch the other leg next and repeat the same procedure.
  3. At the same time, you should alternate bringing your left elbow to your right knee and vice versa.
  4. Repeat the exercise for about 60 seconds when starting out. You can last longer the more you get used to it.

Besides working on your abs, the bicycle crunch can help you tone your thighs. Avoid moving your hips when doing this exercise. Only your torso, legs, and hands should be moving.

Ab Rollout

Ab Rollouts target the abs, lower back, upper back, and shoulders. At Mad Owl Fitness, we’ve designed our ab rollers to help you work out your core wherever you go. It offers a lot of benefits, such as reduced back pain, better hip flexion and improved balance. However, if you have chronic back pain or have recently herniated discs, consider asking your healthcare provider before starting this workout regimen. To perform the exercise, you need to:

  1. Kneel on the floor or mat. Place the ab roller on the floor and hold it with both arms, or prop your forearms along the forearm supports, gripping the handles without strain, when using the Top Notch Ab Roller. For added comfort and protection for your knees against hard surfaces, the Top Notch Ab Roller Pro comes equipped with knee pads.
  2. Roll out the ab roller and stretch out your body without it touching the floor. Pause at this position.
  3. After the short pause, roll the ab roller back towards your knees.
  4. Repeat the process, moving with your breath and taking breaks when necessary.

The more comfortable your ab roller is, the easier it will be to do this exercise. The intricate details of your ab roller’s design will determine your comfort level, from the width of the wheel to additional features.

Sit-Ups with a Twist

Man doing sit-ups outdoors.

Sit-ups are among the easiest exercises to add to your holiday fitness routine and make a great complement to your ab roller workouts. There are many sit up variations that target specific areas of your abdominal muscles, and those with a twist can help you target your oblique muscles, specifically.

  1. Lie flat on the ground, bend your knees at a 45-degree angle, and place your arms behind your head. Ensure your feet are flat on the ground.
  2. Sit up without moving your legs or knees. Ensure your arms remain behind your head throughout, gently resting the back of your head in your hands only if you feel strain in your neck. Resist the urge to use your hands to press your head up, however.
  3. As you sit up, twist your body to one side before lying back to the ground. Twist your upper body to the opposite side the next time you sit up.

Don’t let the holidays give you an excuse not to workout! Use these holiday fitness tips to take your workouts with you, but remember to give yourself rest days to enjoy all the festive season has to offer. To find the best portable workout equipment for keeping your abs strong on the go, learn more about our ergonomic and lightweight ab rollers.

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