Everyone wants to get that prized bikini body just in time for summer. It requires time and dedication to achieve. And the former is something mums don’t have. Even if you don’t have time to perform 100 crunches a day, there’s no reason why you can’t look and feel good.

So whether you want to invest in Ab Solo workout machines or you’re content with using things around the house, here are three easy ab workouts for busy mums.

1.      Lower Ab ‘L’ Shape

The transversus abdominis is the lowest part of your belly. They are the lower abdominals. This will create the foundations for your tight and toned stomach.

Start by lying on a towel or yoga mat. Make sure you’re flat on your back. Place palms under hips to protect the lower back from strain during the exercise. Extend both of your legs straight so the ankles rise above where your hips are. At this point, you’ve formed a giant ‘L’ shape in the air.

Lower a single leg to hover just above the floor and raise it back up again. Make sure it’s controlled. Draw your abs in and you should feel a strain. Do this 10 times each side.

2.      Modified Crunches

The rectus abdominis consists of the upper abdominals. Try the modified crunch. It reduces the stress on your neck, whilst still giving the muscles a good workout.

Lie down on the floor and keep the back flat. Bend your knees and set both feet flat on the ground. Your ankles should be directly below your knees. Put one hand behind your neck for added support and place the other one on a thigh. Curl upwards. As you curl upwards, push your hand forward until it reaches your knee.

Roll the shoulders back down to the ground and restart it. Do 10 to 12 repetitions, depending on your current level of fitness.

3.      Obliques

The obliques are diagonal abdominal muscles across your torso. It’s one of the muscles people frequently miss out.

Get down on the ground and lie on your side. Bend the knees and put one leg on top of the other. Make sure you’re positioned so the upper body is straight and relatively stiff. Curl both arms over your chest and curl upwards and lower back down. It’s like an abdominal crunch but on your side. Instead of the stomach, it targets the sides. Do this 10 times on each side.

If you’re feeling any neck pain, put one hand behind your neck to add some extra support. Retailers like Fitness Direct also supply artificial neck supports, which are useful if you want to concentrate on your exercises better.

The process will take a few months to complete. Busy mums need only spend a few minutes each day to get the results they’re looking for. Beware, exercise alone won’t transform your body. It also requires a carefully planned diet consisting of fruits, veggies, and lean meats. The exact amount of time it will take depends on your health now.


Marie is a stay at home mom who worked hard to lose 80lbs four years ago. She also enjoys writing online articles and advising people on a variety of health and fitness issues, to help others reach their weight loss goals. Visit http://www.fitdir.com/ to find even more great tips on weight loss and fitness.
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  • Have never heard of the side crunch before.


  • great tips, thanks for sharing


  • awesome tips…and it’s working!!


  • going to take this all on board!


  • Taking note of these. My abs could do with some work.


  • Took me a while to picture how I was meant to do some of these exercises!

    • hehe same here, I think I got the grasp of it now.


  • I miss my flat stomach


  • thank you, I really need to look at incorporating some time to be able to do this, anything new is worth a try


  • thank you for the article, it will e good if there is video demonstration.


  • I am a fan of isometric contractions, just clenching those muscles every time you think to do it. That being said I am still here reading about ab exercises.


  • these do sound easy enough to do and would help immensely


  • it is so hard to find an ab workout for someone with a dodgy back


  • I am pleased to see that support for body areas is a part of this. so often doing an exercise puts too great a strain on other bits. Because this has inbuilt safety measures I will do them.


  • AB fab – just what I like, not over complicated.


  • Thankyou – always great to find fitness solutions for busy mums


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