The Best Exercises for Your Lower Abs For That Slender Toned Look

There’s probably one area you feel like you can’t work enough: your abs. It seems like no matter how much training you do, the lower abs just stay the same. In order to lose weight and show muscle definition, you need to train the whole body. You need to expend calories—and pair that with a well-balanced diet.

It is important to train the core because that is your centre for balance. Plus, a strong core can help reduce back pain. Not sure exactly how to hit those lower belly muscles? You’re not alone. Lower abs are very difficult to strengthen because that is where our body stores most of its excess fat. And for women, the hormone oestrogen naturally wants to hold onto fat in this area.

But don’t worry, there are tons of exercises you can do to get rid of it. Here we have the most effective lower abs exercises as a workout. For three of these moves, you’ll need towels or sliders.

1. Heel Tap:

How to:

  • Lie face-up, hands under your butt, knees bent, feet lifted into table top position.
  • Slowly lower your flexed feet forward until your heels barely touch the ground.
  • Squeeze your abdominals to help raise your feet back up to table top.

2. Mountain Climber:

How to:

  • From a high plank position, with your body straight and hips level, lift right foot and draw right knee to chest between your hands.
  • As you return right leg to plank, lift left foot and draw left knee to chest between your hands.
  • Continue to alternate as quickly as possible, keeping your core tight and without hiking your hips.

3. Scissor:

How to:

  • Lie face-up, hands behind your head, lifting head and shoulders off the floor.
  • Using your abdominals, lift legs slightly off the ground and scissor kick, alternating one up and one down.
  • Focus on not straining your neck or jutting your chin forward.

4. Slider Pike:

You’ll need sliders or towels to pull off this move.

How to:

  • Start in high plank position with both feet on sliders.
  • Squeeze low abs and pull feet toward your hands, lifting your hips toward the ceiling into a pike position.
  • Slowly push feet out to lower into starting position.

5. Straight Leg Raise:

How to:

  • From a face-up position on the floor, place hands under your low back and brace your core.
  • Lift straight legs slowly off the ground, bringing them to 90-degrees, then slowly lower them back to the ground.
  • If you have any pain in your lower back, do not do this move.

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