We all want to have a flat tummy like the women we see in those commercials and magazines…
You know the ones who look as if they don’t even notice their bare midriff winking out 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.
So 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 your home fitness regimen.
And you will be able to do these in no time to accomplish having a stronger stomach, all from the comfort of your own home.
Here are the best stomach exercises for a flat tummy at home!
Tummy Flatness Seems Complicated – But It’s Really Not!
First, two things you need for great abdominal strength or any other kind of muscles that you desire are a proper weight and the desire to work toward your goal.
Another thing to note is 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 beneficial for all of your muscles.
Here’s a BMI Calculator to see where you are for your body size.
Also, make sure to always keep in mind that keeping track of calorie intake and output and a good intake of water will also help with losing weight and building strong muscles.
Plus incorporating aerobic activity and weight training will power up the calorie burn, so incorporating strength training is always a good idea.
If you use these tools as you can as part of your fitness routine; you won’t be sorry when you see the difference these ab exercises can do to help shape your body, when paired with them.
What If I’m Not Able to Get To The Gym?
One of the best things about strength training for beginners is that you don’t need to workout at the gym to develop a good workout habit.
And the best way to start adding fitness to your life is by utilizing your home space (the space that you already have) and making the subsequent time to get in better shape.
A simple way to achieve this is to keep making yourself do these exercises, and soon you will feel that you can’t imagine not working out.
Even if you aren’t able to go to a gym every day or on a regular basis, there are many effective exercises that you can do at home to get the same results.
Moreover, a beneficial ab exercise doesn’t require any equipment at all besides your hard work.
So whether you work on your fitness every day or a few times a week, you can get you to your flat tummy goals a lot sooner than you think.
What Kind Of Ab Exercises Can I Do At Home?
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 a good idea to do one or two of these exercises explained in this article for a period of time until you know you’re doing them correctly – and believe in the process, you’ll know by the feeling in your muscles if you are doing them correctly.
So to get started, all you have to do is set up a regular amount of these exercises at home as part of your at home fitness routine — say two, to start with, and than add on as you’re able to in subsequent sessions.
Let’s get 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.
That’s why 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.
Lying flat on your back with your feet on the ground and knees at a 90-degree angle, 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 crunches but putting your arms behind your head is the best way to start.
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.
The Russian twist is definitely a twist on regular crunches. Doing the Russian twist every day will help you burn calories, be in better shape, lose belly fat, improve balance and posture, and reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases.
In this exercise, you are sitting up in the crunch position with your knees at 90 degrees with your 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 (half way in a crunch), then your left side (half way in a crunch), 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 to increase more stomach muscle balance.
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.
Once your weight is evenly balanced, lower yourself to your elbows and looking at the ground, keep your head horizontal with your body.
The plank is simple to start, but you really have to use your muscles – arm, shoulder, back, ab, and legs – to hold yourself in this position for a long period of time.
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 to make your way to minutes if you can.
4. Side Plank.
The plank and side plank are exercises from yoga and pilates, two excellent workouts you can also do at home.
Since we already covered the basic plank in tip number three, the 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 as originally noted in tip number three, then simultaneously lift one arm up and shift your body to the side and up so you are vertical with the ground and your feet are either stacked or side by side one another. You should be completely sideways while in the side plank.
Once you are evenly balanced, you can then begin to lift the arm that is facing the ceiling, straight up to help you balance in this pose. Try to do this pose for 10 to 15 seconds, working your way to minutes as well.
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 tummy 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!