Monday, 28 February 2011

Lower Abs

How to target your Lower Abs:

• Lie flat on your back face up on the ground.

• Keep your knees and feet together.

• With your arms straight beside your body and your palms flat on the ground, lift your legs so that your thighs are perpendicular to the ground and your calves are 135 degrees from your thighs. Use your arms to support/ stabilise yourself.

• Keep your head on the ground throughout the exercise.

• Begin by lowering your legs toward the ground but do not go past the point where your lower back will arch off the floor.

• Then raise your legs till your thighs are perpendicular to the ground. That is 1 rep.

• Exhale when lifting legs, inhale when lowering legs.

Remember not to straighten your legs as you will end up using your hip flexor muscles instead. This is a great lower ab exercise, but if you're looking at weight loss and therefore calorie burning, this exercise targets a small group of muscles and therefore would not burn many calories.

Equipment I use for this exercise: Nike Yoga Mat

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