Best Abdominal Exercises Ever

It’s the start of our Ab Week! It’s like shark week, except without the sharks and killer underwater shots. It’s Ab Week: the week where we celebrate the greatest abs of our time. We know how hard it is to get amazing abs. And good abs deserve to be recognized.

To start off Ab Week, we’re including our favorite abdominal exercises of all times. These exercises will have you shedding stomach fat and exposing chiseled ab muscles in no time.

The Abs Super Set

This abs workout is designed to target every side of your core—the obliques as well as the interior, exterior, upper and lower abdomen muscles.

One set should be done for each exercise, with no rest between sets. If this is your first time doing ab exercises in a while or at all, start with 8-12 reps for each set and try to do 2-3 super sets 3 times a week. For those of you who are more advanced, aim for 10-15 reps and 3-4 sets 3 times a week. Remember all reps should be done slowly with control.

Exercise #1. Flat crunch – Lie on your back and imagine holding an orange under your chin throughout the entire motion, as you do this standard crunch.
Place your hands behind your head and only lift your back off the floor to a 45 degree angle.
Slowly return to starting position. This entire move is 1 rep.
(Tip: Raise both legs to a 90 degree angle, like you are sitting in a chair to intensify the crunch and slightly raise your legs as you execute the movement)

Exercise #2. Side crunch – While in standard crunch position, cross your right leg and rest the side of your calf on the top of your left knee.
Place your right hand on your stomach.
Lift your shoulder blades off of the floor, leading with your left elbow.
Try to touch your left elbow to your right knee.
Do 8-15 reps then repeat on the opposite side.

Exercise #3. Lying side oblique crunches – Lie on your side with your lower arm perpendicular to your body, and your hand flat on the floor for stability.
Place your other hand behind your head and bend at your waist.
Raise both legs together simultaneously with your upper torso.
This is a relatively small range of motion.
Switch sides and repeat.

Exercise #4. Lying oblique twist – Lie on your back with both legs pointed straight in the air and feet together.
Make sure your feet are flat, as if they are standing on the ceiling.
Lower your feet to your non-dominant side and then the other side.
Finally bring them back to your starting position for 1 rep.
(Tip – bend your knees if this exercise is too difficult at first, after a week you should be able to achieve success with straight legs.)

Remember to flex the muscle you are targeting at the apex of every rep.
These exercises target every angle of the abdomen muscle.
Combined with 20+ minutes of cardio 3 times a week and a nutritious diet, you should be well on your way to a 6 pack in 5-7 weeks.

Tell us how these ab exercises work for you. Better yet, send before and after photos, we’ll post ’em.

Best Insoles for Running Shoes

If you’re like me, then you love to walk and jog. If you want to lose weight or get in shape, then these are some of the best exercises recommended by doctors today. And, if you have foot problems like me, than you also understand the importance of running shoe insoles—they can be crucial to avoiding injury and discomfort.

With the wide variety of brands and types of insoles, it may be a little confusing to find the right pair. In my opinion, Superfeet insoles should be at the top of your list. Superfeet insoles are for both athletes and casual walkers. There are also those that are intended for hiking, cycling and running. Finally, they make insoles for both men and women. The Superfeet women’s insoles are especially made for women, and take into account the unique way that women’s feet move.

A good pair of insoles can protect the feet by providing cushion and shock absorption, making these a must for any type of activities. The SofSole insoles are best used if you’re standing all day or if you spend long hours walking, biking or skating. SofSole insoles are durable and this brand also has a patented top cloth that eliminates moisture. They will keep your feet dry, even if you walk through puddles.
PowerStep insoles are also good for the feet. To be honest, this is my favorite brand of running shoe insoles. PowerStep insoles are known to enhance balance and assist in the proper alignment of the feet. There are insoles that are intended for long distance and short distance running activities too.

The importance of running shoe insoles can’t be stressed enough, especially if you are a frequent jogger who likes to stay fit and healthy. Insoles are usually  made of foam or gel to provide comfort and support to the lower feet, ankles and knees. By always using shoe insoles, you can minimize the risks of having foot injuries.