Low Impact Abdominal Exercises

Low Impact Abdominal Exercises
You can easily work on your stomach muscles without creating a lot of impact. The number of machines dedicated to give you an ab workout where you must bend practically your entire torso forward have exploded in recent years, but to really work those abs requires not much more that standing still or lying on your back. Some of these low-impact exercises can be done just about anywhere.

Isometric Ab Exercise

Isometric ab exercises may be the lowest impact ab exercises of them all and the best thing is that you can do them while sitting or standing or at home or at work. While isometric ab exercise alone won't give you a six-pack, doing it several times a day can have a very beneficial effect over time. The only thing that is required is to tighten your ab muscles and hold them in for 10 to 30 seconds.

Oblique Press

The oblique press is a low-impact ab exercise outlined in the book "The Healthy Back." As the name implies, this exercise will help tone the stomach muscles located on your sides. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor and arms down by your sides. Raise your right leg off the floor so that your calf is parallel to the floor. Put the palm of your left hand on your right knee and press against it while press back against your palm with your knee. You want to make sure neither your palm nor your knee actually move out of position. Hold for a count of eight and then relax before repeating with the opposite knee and palm. To get the most benefit from this ab exercise, it is important to keep your foot planted firmly on the floor.

Exercise Ball Crunch

Using what is alternatively known as a Swiss ball or stabilizing ball or workout ball can mean easing the impact upon your back when you do your crunches. You may resist doing ab workouts because you can't get down on your back or you can't find a mat that is both soft and sturdy enough to allow you to lie down on the floor without hurting your back. Try doing crunches by resting the small of your back on one of these big inflatable balls. The softness of the ball against your back may even allow you to do more reps when you do your crunches. Rest your feet flat on the floor and bend your knees while you clasp your hands behind your head and curl your shoulders up off the ball. Remember to squeeze your ab muscles as you do this exercise.

Article Written By Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for Zappos.com, Disaboom and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.

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