We all want to have a flat tummy like the women in those commercials and magazines…
The ones who look as if they don’t even notice their bare midriff winking at the world.
For the most part, these blessed women are young and/or they spend a lot of time at the gym doing all sorts of gut-busting stomach exercises. It would seem like these exercises are out of reach to the rest of us.
But in reality, there are many stomach exercises that are beneficial to the tummy and can be done as a part of home fitness.
Trust me, you will be able to do these in no time!
Here are the 7 Best Stomach Exercises For a Flat Tummy At Home!
Tummy Flatness Seems Complicated – But It’s Really Not!
Two things you need for good abdominal or any other kind of muscles: a proper weight; and the desire to work toward your goal.
If you have a greater-than-average weight, working toward a good BMI, or Body Mass Index, will be instrumental in not only toning abs but all of your muscles.
Here’s a BMI Calculator to see where you are for your body size.
Keeping track of calorie intake and output and a good intake of water will help with losing weight, and incorporating aerobic activity and weight training will power up the calorie burn.
Make sure to use as many of these tools as you can as part of your fitness routine; you won’t be sorry when you see the difference these exercises can take to help shape your body!
What If I’m Not Able to Get To The Gym?
You need to work to develop a good workout habit.
A simple way is to keep making yourself go, and soon you will feel that you can’t imagine not working out. But even if you aren’t able to go to a gym every day or on a regular enough basis, there are many effective exercises you can do at home.
An ab exercise doesn’t require any equipment besides your hard work. Whether every day or a few times a week can get you to your flat tummy goal sooner than you think.
What Kind Of Ab Exercises Can I Do At Home?
I’m glad you asked! There are plenty of ab exercises that you can interchange in a routine to keep things progressing (and interesting), and all you need is enough floor space for your body. Starting out, it’s good to do one or two of these for a period of time until you know you’re doing them correctly – and believe me, you’ll know by the feel in your muscles.
Set up a regular amount as part of a routine- say ten, to start with, and add on as you’re able to in subsequent sessions.
Here are four ab exercises to get you started:
1. Classic Crunches.
You can do regular sit-ups, lying on your back, and using your ab muscles to pull yourself all the way up to your knees. But sit-ups are difficult at first and can cause back injury if you do them incorrectly. Crunches are a better stomach exercise to start with.
What you should do when you do crunches, is fold my arms behind my head so my wrists make an “x” behind my neck –this assures that you’re using strictly your ab muscles and not leading with your head. So lying flat on your back with your feet on the ground and knees at a 90-degree angle, and while looking up at the ceiling, use those abs to lift yourself up, until your shoulders are about 45 degrees off the ground, then lower your body back down.
With each crunch, concentrate on the feeling of pulling up via your abs, and soon you’ll be consistent in isolating the ab muscle.
You can find many versions of the crunch. Once you’re used to the feel of your abs lifting you up, try reaching your hands to touch your knees, or reaching them to your heels. Also, instead of having your feet on the ground, you can hold your legs up on the top of an exercise ball, which helps with the development of balance.
As an advanced move, you can lie on top of an exercise ball to do crunches, which really requires balance and isolates the ab muscles in a big way.
2. Russian Twist.
Definitely a twist on regular crunches. In this exercise, you are sitting up with your knees at 90 degrees and feet flat on the ground.
Visualize balancing yourself on your buttock muscles, and this time concentrate on your side ab muscles to twist to your right side, then your left side, and repeat ten times at first. When you get used to this movement, you can make it more challenging by lifting your feet off the ground – the balance required will add to the muscle work during the exercise.
3. The Plank.
The plank is probably the toughest, most intense exercise you will ever do – while not moving. Here’s how you do it: Start in a pushup position where your legs are straight behind you and you’re balancing your weight on the tips of your toes.
Now lower yourself to your elbows and looking at the ground, keep your head horizontal with your body. It’s a simple start, but you really have to use your muscles – arm, shoulder, back, ab, and legs – to hold yourself in this position. You won’t be able to hold this pose for long at first, so start with ten seconds and increase the time in your next sessions.
4. Side Plank.
The plank and side plank are exercises from yoga and pilates, two excellent workouts you can also do at home. Side plank is an advanced version of the plank and requires balance but try it for the muscle feel. To do a side plank, start off in a regular plank.
Simultaneously lift one arm up and shift your body up so you are vertical with the ground and your feet are either stacked or side by side. Lifting that arm straight up can help you balance in this pose.
If you do the above ab exercises on a regular basis (every day if possible), before you know it, you’ll be able to feel those muscles getting stronger and tighter. Now get to that home fitness, girl!
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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