Abdominal Exercises that Take Little Time

August 28, 2019
With just 10 minutes per day, you can do a variety of exercises that help you work and define your abdominals quickly and effectively.

Do you want to define your abs, but you just don’t have much time to exercise? This doesn’t have to be a problem! Today, discover the best abdominal exercises for when you don’t have much time.

Tight schedules and the number of things you have to do maybe excellent excuses. However, there’s always time to do what you truly want to, even if you don’t believe it. However, you have to want it.

Today, we’ll share some abdominal exercises that are perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time. They only take you around 5 to 10 minutes.

Certainly, you can dedicate a few minutes at some point in the day instead of watching television or being on social media!

Don’t miss this article: 6 Basic Exercises for Strong Abs

Planks for your abdominals

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The plank is an excellent exercise to define the abs.

It’s done by lying on your stomach then supporting your forearms and raising your body while your legs are supported by the tips of your feet.

At first, it will likely feel difficult for you to maintain the position for more than 20 seconds. However, with practice, you can achieve it! The goal is to try to hold this pose for 1 minute.

Try to keep your shoulders relaxed and not lower your hips or raise them too much, in spite of the exhaustion. Remember that the strength needs to come from your abdominals at all times.

The mountain climber

The mountain climber is another excellent defining abdominal exercise. Also, it’s more fun than the previous one.

To do this exercise, you’re going to pretend that you’re climbing a mountain. However, you will remain on the ground the whole time.

  1. From a plank position, lift one of your legs to the corresponding arm and vice versa. You can keep your arms straight or slightly bend your elbows.
  2. It’s recommended to perform between 12 and 15 repetitions for each leg.

Hands to feet

With this abdominal exercise, you’ll work your obliques.

It’s a fairly simple exercise.

  1. To do it, you’re going to need to lie on our back with the soles of your feet resting on the ground.
  2. In this position, raise your core and reach towards your legs.
  3. Stretch out your arms and try to touch your right hand to your right foot and vice versa.

At first, you may not notice the exercise. However, as you go through the exercise, it will begin to fire up the muscles!

Do between 12 and 15 reps.

Side planks

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You also work your obliques with this exercise.

  1. To do this, go on your side, support your arm at a right angle, and keep your legs straight.
  2. Raise your hips and stay in this position, if you can, for 1 minute.

Like the normal plank you did at the beginning, it’s important not to lower your hips or lift them too high. If the arm on top bothers you, you can put it on your hip or rest it on your leg.

Take a look at this article: The Benefits of Doing Planks

Leg lifts for your abdominals

To perform this abdominal exercise, you’ll have to get on the floor.

  1. Once on the floor, lift your arms over your head and hold on to something (a trellis, a bench that does not move, etc…). You can also keep your arms resting beside your body.
  2. Then, lift the legs and lower them until they form a straight line with the ground.
  3. Raise them again and repeat.
  4. Do this about 15 times.

Upper abdominal exercises

Finally, it’s time to work your upper abdominals.

  1. Right after performing leg lifts, put your legs at 90 degrees and lift your shoulders.
  2. Without lowering your shoulders, try to lift your chest closer to your legs.
  3. Do this for about 15 reps.  At first, you may not notice your abs working but with more repetitions, you will.

All of these ab exercises together will take between 5 and 10 minutes.

For the best results, do them two to them three times per day. If one day you don’t have time, at least do one round of each!