Do this low-impact, high-intensity ab workout for a stronger core.
You don’t have to run or jump around for an effective core workout. Try doing static exercises that are done as you hold a pose for a certain duration – it would make you feel uncomfortable, but it is also very effective. These challenging low-impact moves will help you build a stronger core wherever you are.
Do each exercise for the stated duration and complete the whole circuit thrice. Feel free to hold each pose for a longer or shorter duration, according to your fitness ability. If your form starts to be compromised, or if you feel unusual pain in the moves, stop or re-adjust your position.
Sit down with your knees bent in front of you. Reach your hands straight in front of you. Keep your spine straight and core engaged as you lean back and lift your feet up to shoulder level. You can keep your legs bent or straightened for a greater challenge. Make sure your sitting bones are pressed firmly into the ground for stability. Hold for 30 seconds.
Low boat pose
Lie down on your back. Raise your arms over your head. Tighten your core and tuck in your chin. Engage your legs and lift your feet a few inches off the ground. Raise your head and shoulders off the ground without straining the neck. Hold for 30 seconds.
Lie down on your belly. Raise your hands over your head and lift your head up. Brace your core and lift your arms and legs up. Try to lift your legs to shoulder level and your hands above your legs. Hold for 30 seconds.
Lie down on your belly. Bend your elbows and place them below your shoulders. Clasp your hands together for support. Place your feet together and come onto the balls of your feet. Lift your body up into a straight line. Hold for a minute.
Target the side and back of your body by doing a side plank. It’s tougher than a normal plank because the weight gets transferred to one side of your body.
Lie down on your side. Bend your right elbow and position it below your right shoulder. Make a fist with your right hand and place it in front of your body for stability. Stack your left leg on top of your right leg and lift your hips up. Try to keep your body in a straight line and keep your hips high. Hold for a minute and repeat on the other side.