5 Moves for Flat Abs
Kneeling Heel Twist
Kneel with hips straight above knees. Place hands behind head, with elbows out. Twist torso to right and reach right hand back toward right heel while keeping hips centered. Return to start and repeat on the other side. Do 12 reps.
Start in plank position on forearms. While keeping back straight and abs engaged, walk hands into full push-up position with hands under shoulders and elbows bent slightly. Bring hands back down to plank, without lowering to the floor. Do 5 reps.
Forearm Plank Swipe
Start in plank position, forearms on ground. Stack left foot on top of right heel. Keep your back and legs straight while lifting left foot slightly, then sweep left leg out to side. Return to start position and do 6 reps. Switch legs and repeat.
Lie on back, arms out at sides and legs together. Engage abs and lift legs straight up over hips. Slowly lower legs 45 degrees to the right, while keeping upper body on mat. Lift legs back to center and repeat on left. Do 10 reps total.
Sit with knees bent, legs together, and arms out at shoulder level in front of you. Lean back, rotate torso to the right, and bring right elbow to the floor. Return to start, switch sides and repeat. Do 16 reps.
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Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Parents magazine.
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