Exercise has amazing long-term benefits, but starting your morning with a quick routine will just make the rest of your day so much easier to get through. Below is a 5-minute ab workout to help jump-start your morning.
This 5-minute ab workout contains some of the exact exercises that I do almost every morning to help turn my flab into fab. Not only is this effective for helping with back pain issues like mine, but it’s great for building core strength and toning your midsection. Ultimately, with the right amount of commitment and exercise, you’ll be able to keep your abs tight and toned and your core strong. Let’s begin…
Pelvic Tilt (1 Minute)
A great way to start our 5-minute ab workout: This move set will teach you to activate your core muscles at the deepest level.
Lying on your back on a mat, bend your knees and place your feet flat on the ground. Make sure your feet are open as wide as your hips. Reach your arms down towards your feet and let them rest on the mat. Now take a deep breath in and fill your stomach up as you feel your low back arch slightly off of the ground. Then exhale as you tilt your pelvis forward and press your low back into the ground. You should keep this pace for 1 minute.
To watch and make sure you have the correct form, click the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPaiq9wd7ko
High Knee Taps (1 Minute)
Now, let’s increase the tempo a bit with this cardio-intensive exercise! High knee taps are designed to engage your core, strengthen all the muscles in your legs, and get your heart rate up while improving your momentum, coordination, and flexibility. Because of its many physical benefits, high-knees are incorporated into a wide variety of workouts. The important thing to remember while doing this exercise is to keep your knees all the way up as high as you can while maintaining your breath.
It’s easy to lose your form so watch this video for a brief how-to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PArma0jLLlU
Mountain Climbers (30 Seconds
Climbing a mountain would be a daunting workout for most, but what if the mountain is the floor? That’s the concept behind mountain climbers. Performed from a plank position, you’ll alternate bringing one knee to your chest, then back out again, speeding up each time until you’re “running” against the floor. Like high knee taps, the rule of thumb is to bring your knees up while controlling your form.
Watch how it’s done here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmwgirgXLYM
Bicycles (30 Seconds)
Form is important during this exercise – don’t sacrifice it! To begin, lie on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands lightly on the sides of your head. Lift one leg just off the ground and extend your leg all the way out. Now lift the other leg and bend your knee towards your chest as you cycle through like your stepping on pedals. For some reason, this is one of my favorite ab exercises.
Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FGilxCbdz8
V-Ups (1 minute)
Also known as the “jackknife”, the v-up exercise will light your abs on fire. To begin, lie face-up on the floor with your legs and arms straight and lifted off the floor slightly. In one movement, lift your torso and legs as if you’re trying to touch your toes. You guessed it – your body will be shaped just like the letter “v”. Now lower your body back down. That’s one rep. Can you do this for one full minute?
View the correct form here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP2fjvG0g3w
Plan Knees to Elbow (1 Minute)
The plank with a knee to elbow is a more difficult progression from a standard plank and that’s why it’s a great exercise finish. This finisher targets the core, specifically the obliques, to build strength and increase stability. If you can last one more minute – you’re done with this 5-minute ab workout!
Study the correct movement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI7uWJXcfPE
Is there a 5-minute ab workout that you like to do that’s different? I’d love to hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each Friday. Also, if you’re interested in recovering properly from a good workout, I highly recommend you read more about Exercise Recovery. Thanks for subscribing!