When most of your time is spent in a classroom or on campus, fitting in an ab workout can be challenging. Thankfully, you don't need to hit the gym to achieve a strong, toned stomach. Take a few simple moves and make them a part of your daily routine to strengthen your core while growing your mind.
Get Out Of Your Chair
You can take basic moves that target your abs and adjust them so they are doable during class. The Tolasana is a common pose targeting three different areas of your core including the rectus abdominis, obliques and transversus abdominis. Sitting in your chair with your feet on the ground and ankles crossed, place your palms on the seat or arm rests. On an exhale, contract your ab muscles while straightening your elbows and lifting your buttocks off the chair. Hold the pose for ten to 15 seconds and lower yourself back down.
Target Abs Between Classes
Free time in between classes is the perfect opportunity to fit in a quick ab workout. Stash a yoga mat in your backpack ahead of time or simply find a soft spot in the grass to perform a basic, equipment-free yoga move that will banish stomach fat. You can do a plank anywhere and it's a staple of many ab routines. Lay on your stomach with your toes on the ground, heels in the air and elbows tucked to your side with palms facing down. With your abs engaged, lift your torso and thighs off the ground. Keep your body in a straight line without sagging your torso or lower back. Continue to breathe while holding the pose for ten to 15 seconds.
Make It A Team Effort
Grab a classmate to perform a partner assisted bodyweight squat. This move not only targets your abs but your butt, hips, legs and thighs as well. Begin by facing your partner from about an arm's length away. Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width. With both hands, grasp your partner's forearm as she does the same to you. Hinging at the hips, shift your hips back and down as you both begin your squat. As you lower, try to keep your knees from moving beyond your toes. You should be bracing your core to stabilize the spine and buttocks. Maintain a firm grip on your partner and lean back slightly. This will allow you to sink deeper into the hips. Push through your feet and maintain your balance as you both raise up back into the starting position.
Step Away From The Candy Machine
While ab exercises are important for building muscle, you won't see your abs if they're hidden under a layer of fat. Candy bars, chips and sodas between and during classes will keep your hard work from showing. To avoid eating away your six-pack, prepare your lunch and snacks to avoid purchasing tempting treats. A whole-wheat sandwich with peanut butter or lean turkey and cheese provides protein and fiber to keep you full. Fruits, fresh or dried, will help keep your waist trimmed and toned.
About the Author
Andrea Blom has been a writer since 2010. She has a degree in Communication Arts, specializing in writing and journalism, and is a nutritionist with seven years of personal education. Blom most enjoys using her education and experience to help others understand the importance and rewards of personal health.