If you want to flatten your stomach, you need to work several muscle groups. People normally think specifically about the abs when they think a flat stomach, but other core muscles are also important. Not only are strong core muscles important for a flat stomach, but also to improve your balance, prevent backache and help you achieve your fitness goals. However, no matter how strong your core muscles and abs are, if you have a layer of fat on your belly, nobody will see how flat they are. That makes a healthy diet and weight loss important.
Start with one of the easiest ab exercises.
If you don’t do a plank now, it’s time to learn. It’s one of the easiest ways to work not only your abs, but all your core muscles. You can do it when watching TV if you have room on the floor. Lay on your stomach with toes touching the floor and arms directly down with your forearms on the floor. Lift yourself up on your forearms and toes and raise yourself, until your entire body is in a straight line. Hold that position. It’s harder than it looks. Start with holding it one minute and add time as you get stronger.
Another exercise that requires a pose and hold position is the boat pose called Navasana in yoga.
Sit on the floor, bending your knees. Slightly lean back and bring your feet toward you until your legs for a V. Stretch your arms forward, keeping them level with one another and parallel to the floor with your palms facing each other. It may be hard to balance. Keep your abs tight and make sure your stomach is flat. Hold the position for a minute and longer as you get fit.
The bicycle crunch is another tough one that gets fast results.
Start by laying on your back, putting your hands behind your head. Lift your head off the floor, leaving your hands behind your head. Lift your right leg slightly off the floor and bend your left leg to a 90 degree angle. Bring your right elbow toward your left knee and then back to neutral position, straightening your left leg at the same time. Then bring the left elbow to the right knee as you bend your right leg, bringing it toward you. You’ll be pedaling your legs and bringing the opposite elbow forward to touch the knee, providing both the strength building from keeping feet and head elevated and the twisting.
- Focus on eating more vegetables and cut out sugar and caffeine. It will help you eliminate belly fat that covers the abs you’re building and makes you have a pooch.
- If you don’t ride a bike now, consider starting. Bicycling is a good exercise for belly fat. You don’t have to buy a bicycle if your city has bike rentals. Consider taking a bike to work, rather than driving or taking a bus.
- Jumping rope can help you take off belly fat and build abdominal muscles, plus is good for burning calories and a great cardio workout.
- A very simple exercise you can do daily is a suction. It’s simply standing up tall and attempting to suck in your stomach until your belly button hits your spine. Another way to do it is bend forward slightly squatting, put your hands on your knees, blow out the air in your lungs, pull in your stomach and hold.
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