Unlike the summer where everyone wants to have a great looking flat stomach, getting your abs in winter-ready shape is much different. Along with the different sports and activities that winter brings, it also ushers in cold weather, snow and ice — all of which require a different approach when it comes to preparing and exercising your abdominal muscles.

During the winter, there's a stiffness to your muscles that isn't around in the warmer months. So when it's snowing and sleeting outside, it's more difficult for your abdominals to contract and help support the rest of your body. Therefore, getting your abs in winter-ready shape not only helps you enjoy fun winter activities, it also aides with winter chores and hazards such as shoveling and walking on ice.

The following exercises will help strengthen and improve circulation in your abdominal muscles during the winter months. Best of all, these exercises can be done anywhere and are great for all fitness levels.

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From a standing position, jump and bring your knees as high and as close to your chest as you can.

Start by doing 10 and slowly increase your repetitions.

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Start in a plank position with your hands on the floor in front of you and your feet together.

Drive both knees up towards your chest and then back down again to starting position.

Start by doing 10 and slowly increase your repetitions.

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Get into a plank position with your feet on a box or elevated surface with your elbows on the floor.

Try holding for 30 seconds and slowly increase the time.

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Stand as if you were playing baseball and about to swing at a pitch.

Swing your imaginary bat forcefully from the right side and then the left.

Perform 10 swings in each direction and slowly increase your repetitions.

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From a standing position, hold your right hand out in from of you and try kicking your right hand with you right foot.

Switch sides and then with your left hand out in front of you, try kicking your left hand with your left foot.

Perform 10 kicks on each side and slowly increase your repetitions.

Now you're ready to enjoy all of what winter has to offer. Stay warm!


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