Have you been struggling to find easy ab exercises that your whole family can do together? I know that I have, and as a result, my abs are just not where they should be. So, in order to help you avoid the same issues with your abs, I’ve created this list of ten easy ab workouts that you can do at home with your family so that everyone can stay healthy, fit, and trim!
Being fit means being healthy, which can be achieved by engaging in regular cardiovascular exercises like running and biking as well as strength training with free weights and exercise machines at the gym.
While these exercises are great ways to build muscle and keep your heart healthy, they aren’t always practical to do with your family. For fitness that you can do together as a family, try some of these easy ab workouts that you can do at home without any equipment or special instruction from an expert.
If you have a tree in your backyard or neighborhood, it’s a great way to get some exercise. If you don’t, see if any of your neighbors do and see if they would let you climb their trees (parents should supervise). Make sure your kids brush off all of their limbs and branches before climbing to make sure there isn’t any poison ivy on them. Also, be careful that no one is underneath when you are climbing so that no one gets hurt. Climbing trees is an easy ab workout for everyone!
This is an old-school classic that still works like a charm! We used to play this game all the time growing up. All you need is a long rope and two people who are committed to winning! Have each person hold one end of the rope and pull as hard as they can until someone wins.
It’s not easy, but it’s fun—and it gets your abs burning in no time. If you don’t have a rope, just use your arms! Squeeze them together tightly for 30 seconds (that’s 1 rep) and then relax for 30 seconds between reps. Repeat 10 times for 3 sets total.
Hula hoops are another timeless toy that has stood the test of time because they work so well for toning muscles! Simply place a hula hoop around your waist and use it to help you perform squats, lunges, or any other exercise. The more you move, especially in circular motions, the harder your abs will have to work to keep you upright.
This is a great way to tone those hard-to-reach ab muscles while also working on balance and coordination. Remember: don’t just stand there—move! It’s one of our best easy ab workouts for families.
Hopscotch is a fun game for both adults and children alike. It will help improve your coordination while also burning calories. Plus, it’s always fun to see how many times you can jump without missing! Just remember not to step on any chalk lines when playing outside or else you might accidentally draw over them (which will result in having to start over again).
To play hopscotch, take five small steps forward and then turn around and take five small steps back. Continue until you have completed five sets of each—for a total of ten jumps per round. If you want to make things more challenging, try hopping on one foot instead of two! And if that’s still too easy for you, try using something other than chalk-like pennies or beans—to mark your squares. This way, there are no lines to worry about drawing over by accident.
Sit-Ups on an Exercise Ball
This is one of my personal favorites. It targets your core, but it’s also a great way to encourage family togetherness. Sit-ups on an exercise ball should be done as a team—have everyone sit in a circle and rotate around while they do their set of 10 repetitions.
The person who started can go again once everyone has completed their reps, or keep track of everyone’s sets so that each person does his or her required number of sets before moving on to another exercise. This exercise ball sit-up challenge is fun for kids and adults alike! If you have more than four people participating, break into teams of two or three people per team.
Crunches On An Exercise Ball
A lot of people think they can’t do crunches on an exercise ball because it’s too hard to stabilize themselves. The truth is that you can—and it might even be more challenging! The main way to do them on an exercise ball is exactly as you would a normal crunch: lie back, prop yourself up on your elbows, and then curl your rib cage forward until your shoulder blades leave their resting place.
No matter what ab exercises you choose, make sure that you always do them in moderation and with proper form; otherwise, you risk serious injury. Since there are so many variables involved in each exercise, we recommend seeing a certified personal trainer learn how to optimize each one for maximum results.
We mentioned mountain climbers in our abs workout routine, but they’re so effective that we think they deserve their own category. Get down on all fours and keep your back flat, abs tight and core engaged. Bring one knee up toward your chest and then return it to starting position.
Alternate knees each time. Don’t let your hips sag toward the floor—keep them lifted. This move is great for engaging your entire core including the lower back, obliques, and rectus abdominis (what you think of when you think abs). Keep good form here; don’t let your hips drop or pop up too high.
The plank is an excellent full-body exercise that strengthens your arms, shoulders, chest, abs, and back. The best part about it is that you can do it anywhere. All you need to do is get down on all fours on a flat surface, but you’ll feel more comfortable if you place a pillow or towel under your knees.
Once in position, try to keep your back straight for 30 seconds without falling over or dropping your hips. If it’s too hard to hold for a full 30 seconds, try holding for 10 seconds and then resting for 20. Repeat up to five times. As you progress in strength, gradually increase how long you hold each rep while decreasing how long you rest between reps.
100 Jump Rope Skips
To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you burn. To do that without feeling hungry, you’ll want to mix in strength training with your cardio. Research shows that people who do high-intensity interval training (HIIT) three times a week for 24 weeks not only lost more fat than those who did aerobic exercise alone but also had improved muscle mass and even better blood sugar control. Jumping rope is a simple way to work all of your major muscle groups as well as improve heart health and breathing efficiency.
Pulses With Squats
This is a challenging variation of pulses, which involves squats while you’re holding a pulse position. Start by taking an athletic stance. With your knees slightly bent, jump and hold in a quarter squat. Bring your elbows to touch your knees as quickly as possible, then explode upward and jump again.
That’s one rep. To make it easier or harder, adjust your squat depth or increase (or decrease) how fast you move between each pulsing movement. If you want to add resistance, wear a weighted vest.