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Hungry for that 6-pack? 3 simple exercises to try during your lunch break

If you have just a few minutes to fire up that core, you’re in luck! We’re giving you three simple exercises that work your core, target your obliques and define your midsection for this week's edition of Tone Up Tuesdays.

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Sneaking in fitness moves throughout the day is one of our favorite ways to stay energized and productive at work, but it’s also a surefire way to stay active even on the most hectic days. We love lunging between meetings, going for a quick walk in the afternoon, and of course, utilizing our lunch break to move and groove.

The exercises below require no special equipment, so they’re perfect for your lunch break. Complete each move 15-20 times!

Knee to Elbow

Begin in a high plank, abs tight. Bring your right knee to your right elbow, maintaining an engaged core and keeping your arms straight. Repeat on the left and continue alternating sides.

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Crop Top Bicycle Crunch

Start on your back, hands behind your head. Lift both legs up off the ground and crunch up using your upper abs as you kick your right leg up, twisting toward it with your left elbow. Use your obliques to twist (don’t pull on your head or neck), alternating sides without letting your feet touch the ground.

Extended Crunch

Lie on your back, legs straight and hovering above the ground. Hands are raised behind your head. Contract your abs as you simultaneously bend your knees to 90 degrees and bring your hands toward them. For added burn, hold a water bottle or one 5-pound dumbbell in your hands.

Sculpting a crop-top-worthy waistline is the No. 1 topic we get asked about. The truth is, achieving dream abs involves a two-part approach: exercise and nutrition.

Abs are made during your workouts, but revealed with your nutrition plan! Be sure to always keep this in mind.

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