If life were fair, you could eat all you want and only gain weight in areas you choose. Everyone would be able to do workouts for a six-pack and get that look everyone wants. Unfortunately, when you lose weight, you lose it all over your body, not just in one place. If you don’t lose weight, that layer of fat on your belly will hide that flat belly and sculpted abs you worked hard to achieve. Not only do you have to work the abs, but also other core muscles.
Start easy and work toward a tougher workout as you improve.
While this exercise is easy to explain and understand, once you do it, you’ll find it’s not as easy as it sounds. Since getting results is all about form, this is the easiest form to master. You don’t move much once you get into position. The exercise is the plank. Lay on the floor on your stomach. Your toes should be touching the floor and arms upper arms directly under the shoulders perpendicular with the floor, elbows bent at 90 degrees and forearms on the floor. Lift your entire body up forming a straight line. Hold that position for as long as you can. You can start with a minute and extend it as you get stronger.
Navasana is a yoga pose that tones abs.
The Navasana is also called the boat pose. It starts by sitting on the floor with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lean back slightly, scooting your feet toward you until your legs form an upside down V. Stretch your arms forward, parallel to the floor with arms straight ahead and palms facing each other. Hold that pose. It’s hard to keep your balance and you’ll feel your abs tighten as you try to do it. The longer you can hold the position the better.
Ride a bike or better yet, do a bicycle crunch.
Riding a bike is a great cardio workout that helps burn calories and works the abs a little. To get more of a workout, ditch the bike and do a bicycle crunch instead. Lay on your back with your hands under your head. Raise one leg in the air, bending at the knee and simultaneously, bring the opposite elbow forward and try to touch the knee coming forward. Lower both your leg and elbow, then bring up the other leg and try to touch it with the other elbow. You’ll continue this in a bicycle pedaling motion.
- Keep it simple, jump rope. Not only does it build abdominal muscles, jumping rope burns tons of calories.
- Go for a walk, but focus on your posture. Having good posture can improve your appearance and help you build stronger abs. If you have bad posture, your chiseled abs won’t show either.
- Do a belly suction. Bend over, blow out all the air in your lungs, pull your stomach in, trying to touch your backbone with it. Stand straight and hold in your stomach for as long as you can. Relax and repeat.
- Cut sugar out of your diet, as well as caffeine. Those two things can cause belly fat that covers your stomach. If you’re under stress, workout for a half hour. Cortisol, one of the hormones of stress is known to cause belly fat.
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