With pandemic-related restrictions easing around the world, our calendars are starting to look a little busier again. It's hard to carve out some space for exercise between returning to the office, meeting up with friends and family, and scheduling some downtime.
Fortunately, it doesn't take long to start getting results. Setting aside just 10 minutes a day to develop your abs can lead to visible results and a stronger core. Should you find yourself with some additional exercise time, you can add any of the best workouts for abs into your routine as well.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, MadFit's 10-minute abs workout for beginners will fire up your abs and help strengthen your core. There are ten moves performed for 45 seconds with 15 seconds of rest between each exercise.
This video, specifically designed for beginners, guides you through each move, making it ideal for newcomers. If you do want to master the basics beforehand, it's worth learning how to do a plank and maybe even check out how to do a crunch to get the most from your workout.
The MadFit YouTube channel is the creation of Canadian fitness blogger Maddie Lymburner. She started recording videos for the streaming service in 2015, gaining subscribers with her mix of recipes and travel vlogs, before gradually transitioning to short video workouts.
Although most programs suggest working your abs to get a six-pack (opens in new tab) (and there's nothing wrong with working towards visually-impressive results), a strong core plays an essential part in preventing injury, improving posture, increasing stablility, and promoting good circulation.
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Unsurprisingly, Lymburner's videos clocked up views throughout the pandemic, leading the popular YouTuber to create a smartphone app. The subscription-based MadFit app, available for iPhone and Android, includes customized workouts, recipes, and a nutrition tracker.
If you'd prefer to keep things more casual, there are hundreds of videos available on the MadFit YouTube channel (opens in new tab) you can do for free. The vast majority of these workouts are less than 15 minutes so that you can find variety even on busy days.
Lymburner produces a range of routines, including stretches and yoga, alongside more intense HIIT and dance workouts. These are also arranged into playlists, like Stretch / Yoga (opens in new tab), so you find a session to suit your body and headspace.
Some of the most-watched are the dance party exercises, set to popular songs from Justin Beiber, Ariana Grande, and Olivia Rodrigo. So grab a set of the best workout earbuds, press play, and get ready to sweat it out.
James is a London-based journalist and Fitness Editor at Fit&Well. He has over five years experience in fitness tech, including time spent as the Buyer’s Guide Editor and Staff Writer at technology publication MakeUseOf. In 2014 he was diagnosed with a chronic health condition, which spurred his interest in health, fitness, and lifestyle management.
In the years since, he has become a devoted meditator, experimented with workout styles and exercises, and used various gadgets to monitor his health. In recent times, James has been absorbed by the intersection between mental health, fitness, sustainability, and environmentalism. When not concerning himself with health and technology, James can be found excitedly checking out each week’s New Music Friday releases.
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