Most people find their upper abs easier to tone than their lower abs. For women this is one of the last areas of the body to lose fat because it protects our reproductive organs (pretty important, if you ask me!). Knowing this I am not particularly concerned with getting washboard abs. But working out this area not only keeps it toned and trim, but also brings awareness to your sacral plexus, the chakra of pleasure and physical connection. By paying special attention to this area, you will feel more grounded, sensual, and connected to your body! Try this flat lower abs workout, 2 sets, 3 times a week to feel firmer quickly.
1. Seated Scissors
Start with your left hip on the ground, supported on your left forearm. Reach your right leg straight up toward the ceiling, foot pointed. Grab your right ankle with your right hand (position 1).
Engage your core and raise your left leg (bottom leg) to meet your top leg (position 2). Repeat 16 reps and do the other side.
Start lying on your back, your legs and arms spread in an X like a starfish. Inhale and engage your core; exhale, and bring your legs and arms up altogether to meet in a boat position. Inhale and go back to starting position. Repeat for 16 reps.
Start with your hips on the ground, your forearms supporting you. Raise both legs straight up to the ceiling (position 1).
Engage your core and swivel your hips to mark a big X with your feet, like brushstrokes (position 2, 3). Keep making the X in one continuous motion for 1 minute.
4. Balancing Side Crunch
Start with your left hip on the floor, supported on your left forearm. Raise your hip and lift your right leg and arm straight into the air (position 1).
Engage your core and bring your right knee to your right elbow (position 2). Return to position 1. Repeat 16 reps then do the other side.
Also see: Core and Thigh Toning Exercises
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