5 Standing Ab Exercises You Can Do (Almost) Anywhere
Your core plays a role in every movement you make. From lifting your kids to walking more efficiently, the core is integral to your daily functioning, which is why you need to strengthen it regularly. But don't think you're stuck having to get down on the ground for old-fashioned crunches every time. You can actually train your core while standing up, and there are tons of great benefits to doing so.
"By doing standing abdominal work, you utilize the core in an upright, vertical position while holding your own body weight, or what we often call bracing the core," says Denise Chakoian, a certified personal trainer and the founder and owner of CORE, Cycle.Fitness.Lagree in Providence, R.I. That's much easier to achieve from a standing versus a lying position, and it pays off in a big way. "It's a more functional workout, and you train balance and stability at the same time," she adds. In other words, along with getting some extra bang for your buck, you're training your core to move as it does (or should) during the day.
How often can or should you train the core? You can do it every day, as long as you're changing the exercises from time to time, Chakoian says. Trying out some standing ab exercises is a perfect—and effective—way to add variety to your core-strengthening plan.
Below, Chakoian designed a five-move routine that will shake up your core training, because all of the exercises are done from a standing position. Bonus? You don't need to change into exercise clothes, and you can pretty much do them wherever you are. Aim to do each one two or three times through, moving slowly and mindfully at first. "You can sometimes overcompensate with your lower spine for core moves if you do them incorrectly or too fast," Chakoian warns. As you move through them deliberately, feel your core fire in each move.