Tone your abs at your desk in 5 steps

Tone your abs at your desk in 5 steps

Abdominal exercises are much easier than you may think. It’s all about engaging your core and working it regularly. You really can get toned while you sit at your desk - it’s just a case of making sure you do it right.

To tone and strengthen your abs while you sit, you can complete a set of knee-ups. All you need to do is ensure you’ve warmed up a bit. Take the office stairs, walk around for five minutes or so and then you’re ready to go.

  1. Start by making sure you have a sturdy chair. Push it away from your desk and start by rotating your core to prevent any soreness by turning your torso to the right as far as you can without causing discomfort and then hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the left.
  2. With your knees together, put your feet on the floor and make sure your bottom is close to the front edge of the seat. If you need to, place a folded or rolled towel underneath your buttocks.
  3. Holding onto the sides or arms of the chair, lengthen your back, align your head over your spine and press shoulders down. They should also go slightly back. Try and maintain good posture with a straight spine throughout.
  4. Now tighten your abs and hinge the torso ever so slightly backward, raising your feet off the floor. Your knees should come inward toward your chest and you raise your torso slightly. Now hold this for a couple of seconds.
  5. Extending your legs, lower your feet back down towards the floor and immediately draw your knees up again. Repeat so you have completed 20 knee lifts.

Alternatively, try sitting on an exercise ball instead of a chair - so long as your boss doesn't object! Great for strengthening that core,

So there you have it. Getting strong abs isn’t all about working out with weights at the gym, it’s all about using your own bodyweight to the best effect. And it’s so easy, you can do it sitting down!

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Emma C.
26 May 2016

Emma C.

I would also recommend using an exercise ball at your desk. I only do it at home (not sure my work would really understand!) and I love to swivel about on it, and do the odd set of sit ups when the feeling comes over me!

Mike D.
24 May 2016

Mike D.

I don't think I would ever bother doing small exercises at my desk. The rewards would be so minimal. I'd prefer to really go for it in a proper workout session.

Matthew C.
22 May 2016

Matthew C.

I have just tried the first exercise with my office chair which has wheels, wobbly arms and squeaks. Not recommended! I think it would be ok in a standard wooden chair though.

Trevor D.
22 May 2016

Trevor D.

this is extremely useful - my stomach muscles really need help but I need the easy steps to start. Thank you!

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