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Typical abs exercises are boring for me. What cardio moves also work my core?

One of my favorite cardio workouts for chiseling my core is kickboxing because it includes several motions that require you to brace your abs, like picking up your leg to kick a boxing bag or crossing your arms to quickly jab. Or at home, you can string together a series of moves, such as mountain climbers and burpees, both of which require you to move quickly, jump, hop, knee-drive, crunch, and stabilize your abs all at the same time. For these exercises, time is a better gauge than counting reps, so work for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds, for six to eight rounds of each exercise (aim to do this three or four times a week). As you get better at these, your reps will increase in each round as you become more efficient.

Cassandra Forsythe, Ph.D., R.D., C.S.C.S., assistant professor of physical education and human performance, Central Connecticut State University

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