If you are like most people, your tummy is the main area where flab and unsightly bulges reside. The fact is the flab on your stomach is the toughest to lose but it is not an un-winnable task. With the help of regular and concentrated stomach-targeted exercises, you can successfully achieve your target of a flat abdomen. Here are 7 exercises targeted at that terrible tummy.
1. Abdominal Crunches
Almost any trainer at any gym will advise you to start out with abdominal crunches. This requires you to lie on your back with your feet flat on the ground, bended at the knee. Place your hands behind your ears and raise your upper body as much as you can. Start with 3 sets of 20 reps and gradually increase to 50 reps.
2. Stomach Twisting
This is an excellent exercise for the sides of your waist. Once again lie flat on your back with your arms outstretched at 90 degrees to your body. Raise your legs and bend them towards your torso. While keeping your upper body stationary, move your lower body towards one side and then the next. Start with 3 sets of 15 reps and gradually increase to 25 reps.
3. Hip Raise Exercise
This exercises works your lower abs, probably the more problematic region. Lie flat on your back and place your arms by the side of your body with the palms facing down. Raise your legs until they are perpendicular to your body, with the soles of your feet facing the ceiling. Then lift your hip about 2 inches above the ground for 1 second and then release. Start with 3 sets of 10 reps and increase gradually to 20 reps.
4. Air Cycling
This is similar to the hip raise exercise. Your starting position will be the same except instead of raising your hips, perform a cycling action with your legs. Once again this exercise targets the lower abdomen. A minute of continuous cycling can be a good start.
5. Leg Lifts
Leg lifts one again work on your lower abs. Start by lying flat on your back and placing your arms palms down on your sides. Your legs should be flat on the ground with toes pointed at the ceiling. Gradually lift both legs together, keeping them straight until they are perpendicular to your body. Lower your legs until they are just above the ground. 10 reps of this every day is a good start.
6. Reverse Crunches
This exercise works on both your lower and upper abs. Lie flat on the ground, with your knees bent pointing to the ceiling. Gradually raise your lower body and try to get it as close as possible to touch your head without raising your head. Repeat multiple times from optimal results.
7. Dumbbell Side Bends
An excellent exercise to work the side of your waist, dumbbell side bends are a low intensive exercise to help get rid of belly fat. Stand with your feet slightly apart holding a low weight dumbbell in each hand. Place your hands by the side of your body, straight down. Bend sideways to one side as far as you can and then bend sideways to the other side. Repeat multiple times.
The good thing about belly exercises is that most of them do not require any additional tools or machines. You just need a mat, as most of them are floor exercises. Only consistent and constant work will yield excellent results.
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