3 lower-ab Home workouts for a rock-solid core this year

You can't isolate your lower abs when you're working your core, but there are exercises that help target and activate those muscles more than others. The exercises below help you engage your lower abs, while tightening every other inch of your core. It's important to note that a common mistake people often make with lower-ab exercises is that they end up working their hip flexors instead of their lower abs because of improper form. To fix this, Pull the belly button to the spine—towards the floor—when doing these exercises and avoid letting your abs puff out.


How to do a deadbug: Lie face up on an yoga mat with your arms extended towards the ceiling, and your legs in tabletop position and stacked above your hips. Moving with control, extend your right leg out to straighten, while bringing your left arm behind you overhead. Keep your arm and leg hovering a few inches off the ground. Then, bring your arm and leg to the starting position and repeat on the other side. This is one rep. Be sure to engage your core throughout the entire movement.

Pro tip: This exercise focuses on balance as much as it is about strengthening the core. Move slowly to maintain coordination and truly engage your abdominals.


How to do a runner's crunch: Lie face up on a yoga mat with your elbows bent at 90 degrees, resting on the the mat. Engaging your lower abs, roll up to sit while bringing your left knee to meet your right elbow, mimicking the motion of running. Then, with control, slowly straighten your leg as you peel down towards the mat until you're back in the starting position. Repeat on the other side. This is one rep.


How to do V sit-ups: Lie face up on a yoga mat with your arms overhead behind you and your feet lifted off the mat. Keep your shoulders and head off the mat as well. Engaging your core, roll up to bring your hands toward your feet.

Pro tip: If you can't quite do a V sit-up, keep your knees in tabletop position instead of extended and slowly roll your torso up to your knees

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