6 Dance-Inspired Exercises That Can Give You Flat Abs
Going to the gym just sounds like way too much effort after a long and exhausting day. But you know that the moment you plop down on the couch or bed and see that tummy spilling over, you want to do something about it.
Yet every exercise seems monotonous and feels as though it will take all your effort to not fall asleep doing it. What if there was a way to work out at home to get rid of that belly and in a fun way? It’s a case of killing two birds with one stone. All it takes is your workout outfit and some fun music. Because you can dance your way to your new abs and here are seven moves that can help.
1. Waistline reach
Step 1: Stand with your feet hip-width apart with your spine straight but not stiff. Keep your core tight and your hands behind your head.
Step 2: Stretch your right arm down to your side with your abdomen tight and shoulders down. Avoid twisting your torso. Come back to the starting position and repeat with the other side.
2. Pump it
You’ll definitely be pumping it with this dance move.
Step 1: With your feet kept wider than your hips, bend your knees and elbows, keep your spine neutral, and close your hands in a fist. As if taking a boxing “guard” position, place your closed fists next to your chin. Then as you exhale, keep your abs tight and “pump” your hips – move them up and down while squeezing your elbows tightly to your sides and lowering your fists to your armpit level.
Step 2: Inhale and go back to the starting position. As you’re exhaling, lift your left hip up and twist to the left. Pump your elbows towards the left hip and lift your left heel to deepen the twist.
Step 3: Go back to start position and repeat with the right side.
3. Hip-hop crunch
Step 1: Stand with your feet hip-width apart while keeping your spine neutral and your hands behind your heads. Don’t forget to inhale slowly.
Step 2: Exhale while pulling your abdomen in and lifting your right knee towards your chest. Don’t let your elbows out to the side and don’t pull on your neck. Maintain your balance while inhaling and then slowly return to the starting position. Do the same with the left knee and keep alternating.
4. Jazz isolation
Jazz hands aren’t the only things your body is capable of.
Step 1: Stand with your feet wider than your hips. Keep your knees bent, spine neutral, hands on hips and abdomen tight. Then proceed to shift your upper body side to side without moving your lower body. Keep your hips steady.
Step 2: Continue and alternate sides.
5. Hip roll
Hips don’t lie and yours won’t either.
Step 1: Keep your feet wider than your hips with your knees slightly bent. Stretch your arms out to your sides, level with your shoulders but elbows bent at 90 degrees. Curl your hands into fists and have the palm portion facing down. Keep your spine straight and abs tight.
Step 2: Raise your right hip up and then to the right. Then move it backward in a circular motion and you can lift your heel during this action. Roll your hips around and to the left making sure your abs are drawn into your spine. Complete a full circle by bringing your hip beneath your shoulder again and repeat in the opposite direction.
Reps: 8 per side
6. Kick back
Step 1: Standing on your left leg, bring your right knee to your chest. Then kick your right leg back while hopping on your left leg and stretching your arms to the side. Bring your right knee back to your chest.
Step 2: Continue and alternate legs.