We focus on your goals at One Love Fit Club in Chino Hills, CA. Many of you want to take the bulge out of your belly and get that flat washboard look. While I will focus on exercises for a flat tummy, I also have to start by saying a healthy diet is extremely important when you want to get rid of belly fat. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. If you have a problem and don’t lose weight, no matter how many exercises you do, you won’t get the results you want. Those perfect muscles won’t show if they’re covered with fat. Spot exercises won’t take weight off in just specific areas, but off the whole body, so losing weight should be your first step.
Easy ab exercises you can do at home are good options.
Try a plank. The plank is one of the technically easiest, but it’s not necessarily easy to do. It can be grueling. Lay on the floor on your abdomen with your toes touching the floor. Your arms should be bent at the elbow with your forearms on the floor. Lift your body up resting only on your forearms and toes. Hold your body straight in that position. Start by holding it for a minute and then work up to holding it through several commercials (usually two minutes or three) if you’re watching TV.
Pose and hold with the yoga boat pose called Navasana.
Sit on the floor, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Slightly lean backward as you lift your feet, creating a 45 degree angle to the floor with your legs and a 45 degree angle to the floor with your upper body. Your legs and body should create a V. Stretch your arms forward so the palms are beside the knees. This exercise works your core muscles that help you balance. Keep your abs tight and stomach flat and then lower after a minute and work toward longer.
Bicycle style exercises can flatten your stomach and build abdominal muscles.
Lay on your back with your hands behind your head interwoven. Use them to help lift your head off the floor and provide support. Lift one leg off the floor and bend the knee of the other leg to form a 90 degree angle. Make a bicycling motion straightening one leg and you bring the other toward your chest. As the knee comes toward the chest, try to tap it with the elbow of the opposite arm. Then lower the leg and lift the other. The twisting motion combined with the tightening of the abs will whittle your mid section.
- Bicycle style crunches are great for flattening your tummy, but so is bicycling. If you want to work your abs while you have fun, start riding a bike every time you can, even to work or the grocery.
- Increase fiber in your diet by including more fruits and vegetables. Fiber helps push food through your system and helps you lose weight. Cut out products with added sugar and caffeine for the best results.
- Burn calories and build abs with simple tools like a hula hoop, balance ball or jump rope. You can have fun with the kids having jump rope or hula hoop contests, too.
- Kickboxing is excellent for flattening your stomach and it burns tons of calories. You’ll notice how much stronger you feel and how many inches you lose, eventually seeing that flat tummy you want.
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