Flatten Your Abs (5 Minutes)
1. Kneeling Push-Up Kneel on a mat or towel. Extend arms in front of you, with hands on mat. Holding stomach in while keeping upper body straight, do 10 push-ups. Exhale as you come up.
2. Reverse Ab Curl Lie on your back with hands at sides or under hips. Rock your hips forward and back 10 times. Straighten your legs and lift your hips off the floor 10 times.
3. Hiplift Lie on your back, keeping your hands at sides, knees bent, and feet on the mat. Raise your hips off the floor so that only your shoulder blades and feet are on the mat. Do 10 reps. (This exercise also helps tone your buttocks.)
4. Bicycle Abs Lie on a mat with hands together behind your head. Extend one leg while bending the other toward your chest. Simultaneously move the opposite elbow to touch the bent knee. Repeat with opposite arm and leg. Do 10 reps. Perform the entire abdominal sequence twice. To help prevent injuries, wind down and relax your muscles by doing some gentle stretches.
Copyright © 2003. Reprinted with permission from the June/July 2003 issue of Child magazine.
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