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Core-Toning Exercises to Get Rid of That Muffin Top

muffin topIf you’re struggling to get rid of persistent muffin top, we have some tips exercise tips for you to target your midsection. Along with cardio and resistance training, it’s important to make sure you are doing exercises that specifically challenge and strengthen your core, aka your abdominals. Simple exercises can help add some definition to your midsection. Best of all, you can do all of these ab moves sitting down. Here are some great seated abdominal exercises:

  1. Chair crawl. Keeping your feet flat on the floor while seated, take your hands and walk them down your legs to your ankles and slowly work your way back up.
  2. Chair twist. Grab a small stack of books (the equivalent of eight to 12 pounds) and hold them with both hands while sitting in a chair, keeping your elbows in line with your shoulders. Twist to the right, look over your right shoulder, go back to center, twist to the left, look over your left shoulder and go back to center.
  3. Seated knee lifts. Place your feet flat on the floor, bend your elbows and entwine your fingers, holding your hands about a foot in front of your abdominals. Raise your left knee anywhere from a couple of inches to a half foot off the floor, place it back down, raise your right knee a couple of inches to a half foot off the floor and place it back down.
  4. Thigh squeezes. While sitting, squeeze your legs together as if you were trying to hold a tennis ball between your thighs, while contracting your abdominal muscles. You can do this at work or in the car at a red light.