5 minute post-Christmas ab workout

Christmas is for over-indulgence and as far as we’re concerned there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s for arguing over the Celebrations chocolate hierarchy and continuing to eat them all regardless.  But all this indulgence can leave us feeling a little lacklustre to say the least.

We caught up with blogger mega-babe Chloe Helen Miles who’s created a 5 minute ab workout in case you’re in need of a post-Christmas pick-me-up.  It’s a circuit of 5 exercises, each lasting 1 minute. She uses time instead of reps with short workouts because it means you can go as fast or slow as you feel comfortable. Make sure your movements are steady & controlled, don’t compromise form.

You don’t need lots of space or any equipment for this workout. If you’re finding it too easy, books make great weights!

Exercise 1 – Sit Ups

how to do a sit up

Keep your back straight and your feet on the floor. Place weights on top of your feet if necessary to help keep them down.

Exercise 2 – Scissor Kicks

scissors exercise

Try to keep your upper half as still as possible and your feet off the floor. To increase difficulty, lay flat on the floor with only your legs raised. The closer your legs are to the floor, the harder the exercise. Make sure you don’t over-strain your back, alter your position or stop if it starts to ache.

Exercise 3 – Russian Twists

how to do russian twists

Try to keep your feet off the ground with your legs as still as possible. To increase difficulty, add weights. Be sure to twist using your core instead of your arms.

Exercise 4 – Side Plank Dip

how to do side plank

Keep your legs straight and your hips stacked from beginning to end. Swap sides after 30 seconds.

Exercise 5 – Plank Knee Crosses

plank exercise

Keep your bum as low as possible without collapsing your back. Try to keep your core still, relying on your abs to bring your legs across, rather than momentum.

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