Friday, 1 November 2013

5 Top Exercise Workouts to Get a Flat Stomach

Basic Crunch Exercise for a flat stomach

Lie on your back on an exercise mat with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.

With your hands by your ears or slight behind your head, lift your shoulders forwards, making sure you keep your lower back on the floor and your head in-line with your spine.  As you perform this movement, tense your abdominal muscles.

Relax back into your starting position.  Repeat this exercise.

Watch your breathing as you perform this exercise.  Breathe out as you lift your shoulders and in as you lower back down.  Try not to scrunch your chin up as you perform this exercise, rather try to leave a bit of space under your chin.
Combined Leg and Arm Raises Exercise for a flat stomach

Lie on your back on an exercise mat with your legs extended flat on the floor and your arms extended above your head.

Keeping your legs straight, bring them up towards the ceiling.  Bring your arms up over your head to touch your toes.

Gently lower your arms and legs back down. 

Repeat.

This exercise can be adapted to alternating raising one leg at a time, i.e. raise left leg, bring up arms to touch, lower, and then raise your right leg, bring up arms to touch, lower.


Knee Bend Crunch Exercise for a flat stomach

Lie on your back on an exercise mat with your legs extended flat on the floor and your hands clasped behind your head.

Bend your knees and pull in towards the stomach.  With your hands clasped behind your head, lift your head and touch your knees with your elbows.

For a slightly harder variation of this exercise, while lifting your head, aim to touch your knees with your chin instead of your elbows.


Squat Exercise for a flat stomach

This simple, but effective exercise, will help tighten those stomach muscles to get you a flat stomach.

Standing up straight, bend your legs and lower yourself (with your back straight) as if you were sitting down on a chair.  Hold this position for a few seconds and then return to your original standing position.  Repeat this exercise.


Knee and Elbow Crunch Exercise for a flat stomach

Stand up with your feet flat on the ground and your arms extended out to the sides.

Bend your left knee and raise up, while bending your right arm to bring down the elbow down to meet the raised knee.

Return to your starting position and do the same with exercise, this time with your right knee and left elbow.

Repeat this exercise, alternating left leg/right elbow with right leg/left elbow.


N.B.  Be very careful performing these exercises, especially with your back.  Gently does it!  Try not to over-reach or over-extend, let your body guide you as to how far it will stretch and how much it can do.  Adapt the exercises to suit you if necessary.  Always consult your doctor or health care professional before undertaking any new exercise regime.


If you find these exercises too difficult, why not take up more gentle exercises like Yoga or Pilates, said to be favored by Kate Middleton to help her snap back into shape after the birth of baby Prince George.  It just proves you don't have to do vigorous exercises to get a flat stomach!

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