If you sit at a desk all day, you may be interested in desk exercises that can help you tone your abs. Toned abs no longer just belong to supermodels, bodybuilders, Hollywood celebrities and other people who have the time and money to devote to sculpting their bodies. Even if you spend eight hours a day sitting in front of your desk, you can try these exercises to flatten and tone your tummy
Crunches are one of the best exercises you can do to develop abs. Fortunately, you don’t need to position yourself on the floor to do this exercise or buy any special equipment. You can do crunches right on your desk during your break. Start by planting your feet on the floor and sitting back on your chair with your back straight. Next, cross your arms over your chest just as you would during a regular crunch exercise. Begin pushing your chest in a downward position as if you are doing a slight bow. Remember to keep your back straight as much as possible. If you feel the muscles in your stomach contracting then you are doing the exercise right. Do six repetitions to complete a set. Increase the number of sets as you get more comfortable.
Another desk exercise that you can try if you wish to tone your abs in the comfort of your office is the leg lift. You can begin this exercise by sitting up straight in your chair but nearer to the edge. Place your hands firmly on the arms of the chair to support yourself. If your chair does not have armrests, you can also place your hands to the sides of the seat. Next, focusing on your shoulders and upper torso, lean back on the chair while maintaining a straight back. Also, be careful not to reach the back of the chair. Stretch out your legs in front of you and lower them until your heels are about an inch off the floor. Raise them up slowly until you feel a contraction of muscles in your abdomen. Repeat the exercise six times to complete a set.
The desk reverse sit-up begins in a position much similar to the beginning position of the leg lift. However, instead of stretching your legs and lifting them, bend your knees and slowly lift them toward your chest. Next, slowly lower your legs until your feet touch the floor again. It’s important to put the strain on your ab muscles while doing this exercise. It’s also important that you relax your neck and shoulders during this exercise.
While you’re doing the reverse sit-up, you might as well throw in some bicycle exercises in your routine. This time, try to lean back farther towards the chair. Next, start rotating your legs and feet as though you are riding an invisible bicycle. Do this as you count up to thirty.