Getting to the floor for ab work can sometimes be the hardest part of the exercise, especially for those who have hip, knee or lower back issues. Working the core doesn’t have to be a chore for those living with these ailments. You can get those abs in shape while standing up! Check out five awesome standing ab workouts:

1. Standing Bicycle

This exercise is the same as the bicycle crunch that is done while lying on the floor, except this version is standing.  Place both hand behind the head with the fingers interlocked. With the feet close together, tilt the left heel and bring the left knee up to the right shoulder while pulling the abs in tight. Repeat for 20 reps and repeat on the other side.

2. Extended Toe Touch

This workout will be done in reps of 10 on each side of the body. Start by standing on your right leg with a slightly bent knee and the left leg extending low behind the hip. Raise the right arm into the air with the palm facing forward, extend the spine and lift the chest to bring the left leg forward as high as it can go. Reach for the toes with the right arm, and return to start.

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