Toned Abs Do-Anywhere Workout

No matter what the latest fitness trend – big buts, round shoulders, small waist. There’s one thing that will always be in style – a strong core.

Toned Abs Home Mat Workout

So much of the fitness industry relies on the aesthetic benefits of regular exercise. Scroll through Instagram and you’ll see a plethora of toned women with minimal body fat and well endowed chest and booty. These images aren’t only toxic for our own body-image (if we don’t look like that), they can be completely un-motivating. There may have even been times you completely gave up on exercising and eating well because you thought, “What’s the point? I’ll never look like that!”

Let me tell you, the point is to live a long, mobile life. Staying active, building muscle, and putting nutrient-dense food in our bellies is imperative to reducing your risk of chronic pain, disease, osteoporosis (bone-density loss), diabetes, and a number of age-related musculoskeletal surgeries down the road.

One of the best ways to avoid chronic pain related to poor posture is to train your core. This is especially true if you have a sedentary, desk job! So much of our day is spent sitting, if you don’t have a strong core to help you sit up right, you’re putting a ton of strain on your lower back and hip flexors.

And, yes, training your core can help you tone your middle. But to be completely honest with you, this workout alone won’t give you flat, sculpted abs. It will build your core muscles, but nutrition is key to showing them off (stay tuned for more by subscribing!).

This 20-minute workout is perfect to do at home before or after work, on your lunch break, while the kids are napping, or on vacation because it can be done virtually anywhere! Grab a mat, let’s do this #bossbabe.

Toned Core Home Workout

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Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
  1. I dine out in restaurants so much for my blog so I’m always looking for way to stay fit. I love these workouts because my gut it growing and these exercises look like they will keep it down and that they will be easy to do. Thanks for this post!

    Danielle | <3

  2. […] poor circulation, and can even increase your risk for depression. This is why strengthening your core, back, and hips is so important.ย  These three major muscle groups support your posture. If […]

  3. So glad I discovered your site from the link-up today. I look forward to adding these to my workout!

    1. Me too! I would love to hear youre experience with these workouts and let me know if there’s anything else you wanna see on the blog ?

  4. I love this since we just moved and the house is well not as together as I would like. Love that I can do this with just a mat and some floor space!

  5. Love your view of why we should work out! So much more than just looking a certain way!
    This workout is happening tonight!

    1. Yyaaassss! Get it girl. And thank you ??

  6. Great exercises and good point- my back always starts to hurt when I don’t work on my core. Thanks for the encouraging post!

    1. Thanks Ashley!! You’re very welcome. I’m glad you’ve experienced the benefits yourself!

  7. Love workouts I can do anywhere, so this is great! Perfect for traveling!

    1. I’m so happy you like it, Emily! I always like to workout when I travel, too.

  8. I love an easy workout I can do from my living room! Thanks for the awesome exercises!

    1. Right?! No excuses with a workout this simple, quick, effective, and portable!

  9. This is such a good workout sequence. I’ve done some of these before in other programs. I can never quite master side plank to leg lift. For me this is the toughest move to sustain but I keep at it.

    1. You got it, Jacqueline! You can practice a side plank with leg lift with your bottom knee down on the ground for extra support.

  10. Abs for the win! Abs for me are the hardest part to tone because I cannot feel my lower abs! ๐Ÿ™

    1. Ugh they’re the hardest for me because that’s where I hold weight… so feel ya! But, the good news is you can learn to turn them on. try laying on your back and place two fingers on your lower abs right beside your hip bones. this is where your transverse abs are. then pretend like you’re putting on a low-cut pair of tight jeans (the kind we used to torture ourselves in in middle school ;)…. well, i did haha!). hold for a second and release. you should feel your muscles tightening under your fingers, eventually. keep practicing until you get it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. wow.. i would love to follow these easy workouts. Thanks for sharing it in a way to do anywhere.

    1. So happy you like them! You’re so welcome. Thanks for hosting ๐Ÿ™‚

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