Want to tone your abs without doing crunches? It’s possible!

Here are a few ab exercises for those who want to strengthen their core without doing the classic crunches!
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Sanjiti Bansal Updated: 22 Jul 2022, 19:34 pm IST
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Everything in the 21st century is accessible with the click of a mouse or a tap on the phone screen! Since people’s jobs back in the day weren’t all computer-related, things were extremely different. Everyone had to go outside and do some physical work in contrast to most work from home jobs in the post-pandemic world. The result? Sedentary lifestyles and obesity! Still, people crave for a chiseled body with perfect abs. But you need to work hard for it and indulge in the right ab exercises.

Often, we think that doing ab crunches is the only way to achieve a flat stomach, but popular celebrity fitness trainer Namrata Purohit has suggested some ab exercises without the crunches!

“Work those abs WITHOUT crunching. Still super intense. Try these and add them to your workout,” Purohit wrote on her Instagram page.

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Doing these exercises can work magic! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are a few ab exercises without crunches:

Namrata Purohit suggests you to start slow, with 1 set of 10-20 repetitions. Gradually increase the numbers and the sets.

1. Toe taps

This one works the muscles in your lower body – the abs, glutes and hamstrings; burns calories and also helps you improve your balance.

  • Lie down on an exercise mat. Bend your knees and put your arms on the side.
  • Now make sure you bring your legs to a tabletop position wherein the thighs are perpendicular to the floor.
  • Lower the right foot and tap it on the floor, while the other leg remains in tabletop position.
  • Bring the right leg back to the tabletop position, and repeat the motion with the left leg.
  • Repeat this.

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2. Double leg toe tap

Do the toe taps with both the legs in this case. Remember to maintain the neutral alignment of the spine while performing these exercises. Keep your core engaged and don’t let the back extend. Proper inhalation and exhalation is the key to flexibility here.


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3. Leg extension

Even though the exercise does make your lower abs burn after just a few repetitions, your abs aren’t the only portion of your body working hard. The fundamental bodyweight exercise known as the Bridge with Leg extension, works the legs and core.

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The leg extension is wonderful for your core strength. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  • Lie down on the floor
  • Keep your knees bent and heels flat against the floor.
  • Keep your arms by your sides with your palms towards the ground and your feet hip-width apart.
  • Your hip flexors do a majority of the effort during leg lifts.

4. Scissors

  • It’s an ab exercise that also requires you to lie down on your back.
  • Lift both legs off the floor, and then criss-cross your legs over one another like a pair of scissors without letting them go.
  • Since you are moving your legs the entire time, this workout also works your lower body.

5. Leg Raises

  • Leg lifts are another well-liked abdominal workout.
  • Lie down on an exercise mat with your legs together and your arms at your sides.
  • Slowly lift your legs off the ground with your toes pointing, keeping your body and head on the floor.

It is a wonderful exercise to target your lower abs and develop six-pack abs. Additionally, there is less tension on your hands and elbows, making this the ideal low-stress method of developing six-pack abs.

While exercise is great, you also need to remember to pay attention to your diet!

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