You don’t want a six pack but you do want to flatten your tummy before hitting the beach this summer? We get it!
If you have been obsessing over your mid section for years and are willing to work at it to see results, try a few of our hot tips for gaining that enviable tummy!
- Think Whole Body Exercise
What we do know is this; you need to work your entire core to see results, sides’ middle and back. Try planking, leg raisers and seated rotations to work all the key areas
Plank: Start on your hands and knees and come up into a push-up plank position, balancing on hands (or elbows) and toes (or knees). Align wrists under shoulders; keep your back straight and the abs and glutes tight (to keep the back from sagging). Hold the position and breathe out for 10 seconds, exhaling to tighten the abs and draw the navel to the spine.
Leg Lowers: Lying supine (on your back face up), curl the upper body, chest over ribs, with your hands behind your head. Lift the legs up with knees bent at 90 degrees, knees over hips, ankles level with knees. Keeping the hips down, slowly lower the legs toward the floor without changing the bend in the knees then lift them back up
Seated Rotations: Sitting up, bend knees and legs together and place arms across the chest or in front of you. Tuck the tailbone and roll back slightly as you alternate rotating the spine right and left.
- Diet Matters
Unfortunately there is no avoiding it; you need to look at your diet and digestion. You can do all the crunches in the world but they can’t push their way through a layer of fat. Unfortunately for a lot of people the abdominals are a place where fat depends to accumulate.
In other words, eat less and move more. It’s a must. Sorry ladies
- Posture Perfect
Thankfully, without doing any abdominal exercises you can look much leaner by standing straight. With your shoulders back your abs pull themselves in! Long term improving your posture will assist with building core strength.
- Try Pilates
Pilates is your ‘go to’ for building core strength. It’s the intelligent girls exercise! Pilates doesn’t just work the abs in isolation, you are using arms, legs, back muscles and glutes. Pilates focuses not just on the top abdominal muscle layer (rectus abdominis) as a crunch does, but the internal obliques (side abdominals) and the deepest abdominal muscle (transverses abdominis)
- Progress not Perfection
Slow and steady wins the race! Unfortunately your illusive abs are not going to appear over night, strive for week by week progress not perfection.