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Shenrina Badri
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10 Jul 2017
8:00 am

Bicycle crunches can help you tone your tummy

Shenrina Badri

Here is how you can perform bicycle crunches, if you haven’t done them before.

Bicycle exercises. File photo

You can use a yoga mat or lie on a carpet or mat for this exercise. Bend your knees and rest your hands comfortably behind your head but avoiding clasping your hands together.

Then, engage your abs whilst lifting your shoulders as well as upper back off of the ground. ‘At the same time, move your right elbow toward your left knee so that they meet in the middle of your body. Next, switch your position by bringing your left elbow to your right knee. Continue as quickly as possible while still keeping your torso raised up off the ground’.

How many times should I repeat this exercise?

If you are a beginner, aim to complete about 10 repetitions and gradually build up to 30.

Experiencing discomfort?

Always stop if you experience any discomfort or pain and remember that the more fit you are, the more comfortable you will feel when exercising.

Consult your doctor

Always remember to consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise regime or making intense changes to your current one – especially if you suffer from any medical conditions and for some reason are required not to place your body or yourself under any form of stress or strain.

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