Nothing in the world says fit like having a washboard stomach, but getting one is no cake walk. You need to work out the dozen muscles between your shoulders and abdomen to engage your core and get an enviable chiseled definition. If like us, you sneakily ditch the crunches during your workout, then here are some other ways you can get the same results with half the effort.


Abs aren’t just about sit-ups and crunches. One of their primary functions is anti-extension, or stabilizing the core against its own force, external forces, and even gravity. Try the basic plank to work multiple muscles as you engage your core. Over time, you can increase the difficulty levels by doing single-arm and single-leg versions, or moving planks.
Work It: For beginners, move into a push-up position, hold for 30 seconds and then release. Repeat 10 times. Here’s a step-by-step that will see you through it.

Leg Raises

This simple exercise is a great way to work out your abdominal muscles, and is an especially easy one for beginners.
Work It: Lie facing upward and raise your legs until they’re perpendicular to the floor. Now, bend them a little and without changing the arch in your back or angle of you knees. Take three to five seconds to lower your feet as close to the floor as you can; move on to next rep. You can do two sets of 10 every day.

Medicine Ball

This move is a great way to shape your waist and give you the curves you’ve always longed for.
Work It: To start, grab a medicine ball that’s between five and 15 pounds depending on your own body weight. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, making sure your knees are not locked. Raise the ball to chest level in front of you, and now turn your torso to the extreme right. It’s almost as if you were turning around, but your feet remain planted solid in the same place. Bring the ball back to the center, and then do the left side. Do two sets of 20 reps on each side.

These exercises are bound to give your core muscles a great workout, which will not only give you some ab definition, but will also improve your sense of balance and help you find your center.