3 Quick Daily Moves that Secretly Tone Your Abs

by Lexi Petronis


Didn't have time to get to the gym today? Not a problem--you can still give your abs a solid workout doing the activities you do every day, anyway. (So now there's truly no excuses! Oh, well.)

While driving, busing, or subway-ing to work: the perfect time for isometric contractions--if not traffic. Pull in your abs and contract them without holding your breath. Hold them in for at least two seconds and repeat for at least two songs on your iPod or the radio to get maximum benefit.

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While waiting in line at the bank or the lunch line: Do leg lifts! With your feet two to three inches apart, contract your core muscles and slowly lift one leg no more than six inches off the ground while balancing on your other leg for 15 seconds. Stay straight and try not to wobble. Repeat with the other leg, switching between legs until you reach the front of the line.

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While sitting at your desk at work or on the couch at home: Sit straight upright, making sure you're sitting on a stable chair, with your feet on the floor. Tighten your stomach while lifting your feet off the ground. Hold for five seconds and repeat.

Sneaky, right? And effective too, I promise!

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