Five quick core exercises to add to your workout routine - Elle India

Five quick core exercises to add to your workout routine

It's crunch time!

BY Japleen Kaur | February 6th, 2019

From Sheila Ki Jawaani to Suraiyya, Katrina Kaif has always left us speechless with her toned core. Here are a few exercises that will help you achieve those sculpted abs like the diva. Word of caution, nothing comes easily so remember, strengthening that core requires dedication and discipline, as well as consistency. Also, remember that you cannot spot reduce; for a tighter, more taut tummy, you need to work your entire body so add these to your current cardio/weight-lifting routine for best results: 

1. Butterfly Crunches

Lay flat on your back with your knees spread apart. Keep the soles of your feet together, making a triangle. Now raise your chest and get your hands close to the knees, and back to complete one rep. 

2. Front Plank 

Lie down on your stomach, with your weight on the forearms and toes. Keep your abs contracted to get the best results. Shoulders should be straight while you hold this position for at least three seconds before returning to the normal one. 

3. The Bicycle  

For this one you need to act like you’re riding a cycle while lying down. Take your hands behind your back, and legs straight at the beginning. Raise your left knee to meet your right elbow and then your right knee to your left elbow to complete a rep. 

4. Side To Side

Lie flat with your knees bent and feet on the floor. While keeping your head and shoulders straight, touch your right hand to your right foot, feeling the pressure on your abs. Repeat the same process on the left side as well. 

5. Fingers To Toes

Lie flat with your legs at an 80-degree angle. Stretch your hands towards your knees while keeping your back straight, so that you’re touching your toes by crunching your abs. This is slightly more advanced so make sure you’re taking proper precautions when doing this; we’d even recommend speaking to a trainer before you attempt it. 

For more inspiration, watch this video by Katrina Kaif’s trainer, Yasmin Karachiwala as she breaks down simple to advanced ab workouts.