We all want that perfect body, especially when we have a holiday on the horizon, but if we’re truly honest with ourselves, we know that there is no such thing.

However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t do specific exercises that can help to improve our physique, in order to give us more shape and definition. One of the most popular areas of the body to work on is the abdominal region, where the hope of a six pack is usually on the wish list. We can’t promise you a washboard stomach, but we can offer you 5 exercises that will certainly help to tone and strengthen your midriff!

The Bicycle Crunch

Lie on your back and bring your knees up towards your chest. Lifting your shoulder blades off the ground, straightening your right leg at the same time as twisting your upper body to the left and bringing your right elbow to the left knee. Return to the starting position and repeat in reverse. Repeat in quick succession.

Heel Tap Crunches

Lie on your back and bring your knees up with your feet on the ground underneath your glutes. Tensing your core, bring your shoulders up off the floor and reach to touch your right heel with your right hand. Without putting your shoulders down, repeat on the left side. Keep going in a smooth motion side to side for as many reps as you wish.

The Cocoon Crunch

Lay on your back with your legs out straight and your hands clasped, with your arms on the floor above your head. In one movement bring your arms over your head towards your feet as you bring your legs up towards your chest. Without touching the floor with your arms or legs, return to the start position and repeat. 

The Plank

An oldie but a goodie, the plank will strengthen your core massively. Lay face down on the floor with your elbows aligned under your shoulders and your forearms to the front. Balance on your toes and hold for as long as you can, keeping your back straight. You can also do the plank by resting on your hands and extending your arms, just hold your body as straight and firm as possible. 

The Vertical Leg Crunch

Lay on the floor with your legs in the air, with your knees slightly bent. Try to touch your toes with your hands, using only your ab muscles to move and without touching your chest with your chin. Repeat for reps of 15.