9 Everyday ab exercises to develop core strength

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 20, 2014

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Wish to have stronger abdominal muscles but don't have time to hit the gym? These simple everyday exercises will help you make your muscles stronger without starting a proper exercise regime.
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    Abs

    Abdominal muscles are either given too much importance or are completely ignored. Even if you don't have time for proper ab exercises in the gym, these simple exercises can help you strengthen your abs. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Bicycle

    You can do this exercise anytime and anywhere you can get a place to lie down. Lie down with hands behind your head and perform pedaling motion for 15 20 reps. you can perform 2-3 quick sets of the exercise daily. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Stand Straight

    Stand evenly on two feet all the time and never imbalance your posture. Even if you aren't doing anything you can put some momentary strain on your abdominal muscles while standing straight. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Use Abs to Lift Weight

    Lifting weight is part of our daily chores and you can use it to strengthen your abdominal muscles.  Every time you life some heavy weight use your abdominal muscles to support the lift. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

     

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    Abs hold

    To get stronger abs all you need is your office chair. Sit on the edge of the chair and place your hands on the edge below the thighs. Tighten your abs to help lift your legs off the floor and then slowly lift your butt off the chair. Hold this position for as long as you can. You can do this anytime you are sitting idle in your chair. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Plank

    Lie face down on a mat with your palms flat on the floor and slowly push yourself off the floor, so that now you rest on your toes and elbows. Now keeping your back completely straight, tilt your pelvis to contract the abdominal muscles. Hold for as long as you can to strengthen your core. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Bedroom Workout

    Start using more of your abs in your favorite bedroom activity. Getting intimate with your partner can be a great exercise for your abs. Include your abs in your intimate moments to get dual benefits without having to look for a complex exercise. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Quick Crunches

    Lie on your back with the knees bent and slowly contract your abs and lift your shoulder blades off the ground. Lower and repeat the same action for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Cobra

    Lie face down on a mat and place your palms next to your chest. Slowly use your abs and palms to lift your upper body off the ground. Hold for couple of seconds and lower down. Perform 8 to 10 reps. You can do this simple exercise even in your office. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Walk Straight

    Walking not only involves your legs but it also puts strain on your abdominal muscles as long as you are walking straight. Walk with confidence and pride and always feel your abdominal muscles contracting. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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