Easy Exercises to Do at Home for Abs

Exercising at home is a popular option because its free, its convenient and it’s open 24 hours a day. The ab muscles are arguably the easiest to work at home because using your body weight only to strength train your abs is enough for most people, whereas doing bicep curls, for example, without equipment is not going to get results.

Core Circles

Core circles are a simple exercise you can do anywhere. The core circles work not only your abs but also your lower back muscles, which are called the erector spinae. To perform core circles, stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Put your hands on your inner thighs and bend your knees slightly. Squeeze your abs tight to support your posture and hold them tense during the exercise. Incline your torso forward slightly but keep your back straight. Then, make circles with your rib cage by first moving your rib cage to the right and then circle it toward the back, side and front to complete a full circle. Repeat in the opposite direction.

Windshield Wiper

The windshield wiper exercise works your ab and oblique muscles. This exercise is easy to do if you keep your movements to a small range of motion. To perform the windshield wiper, lie on your back and extend your legs toward the ceiling. Press your legs together and flex your feet. Your arms go at your sides on the floor with your palms down at a 45 degree angle from your torso. Squeeze your abs tight to support your back, then lower your legs 45 degrees to the left. Bring them back up toward the ceiling and then lower them slowly 45 degrees to the right.

Bent Knee Abdominal Hip Raises

The bent knee abdominal hip raise is another simple exercise that you can do at home. This is an easy exercise done lying on the floor. To do the bent knee abdominal hip raise, lie face up with your knees bent and your feet on the floor. Your arms should rest on the floor next to your body. Next, lift your knees off the floor and bring them toward your chest so your buttocks lift a couple of inches off the floor. Keep your knees bent at right angles. As you lift your knees, also raise your head so your head and your knees move toward each other. Let the rest of your body stay flat on the floor. Lower yourself back to the starting position.

About this Author

Sarka-Jonae Miller has been a freelance writer and editor since graduating cum laude from Syracuse University in 2003. She was a personal trainer for four years with certifications from AFAA and NASM. Miller also worked at 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness and as a mobile trainer. Her career in the fitness industry begin in 2000 as a martial arts, yoga and group exercise instructor.