Many people want a flat, toned stomach, but are intimidated by all the information there is about turning your stomach into one. The truth is, it really isn’t that hard. There are many things you can do to flatten your stomach, and they will all take determination.
Before you start, keep in mind that you won’t get a flat, toned stomach by simply doing the exercises below. These are great at toning your stomach muscles, but to truly achieve the flat stomach look, you will have to work in some cardiovascular exercises to burn the fat that covers the muscles.
Cardio exercises are things that get your heart pumping and work up a sweat. Things like jogging, bike riding, walking, and swimming are all great cardio exercises you can try. Do a variety of these daily to burn fat and keep the rest of your body in shape.
Start off working 3 sets of 15 of each of the following exercises into your workout routine. As your muscles become stronger, you can slowly start doing more in each set, but be sure not to try too much too fast.
After your stomach is toned, don’t stop exercising. You will need to work to keep your stomach flat just as you had to work to get it there. And don’t forget to work with the rest of your body.
Here are some very good stomach toning exercises for you to try.
First, there is the sit up.
The sit up is probably the most common stomach toning exercise there is, and for good reason. Sit ups are a wonderful way to get your muscles toned.
The proper way to do a sit up is to lie flat on your back with your arms crossed over your chest, (not behind your head, as pulling on your head can cause neck problems) and your knees bent so your feet are flat on the floor.
Use the muscles in your stomach to pull yourself up into a halfway sitting position. You don’t have to sit up all the way, but at least until your elbows are halfway to your knees.
Another exercise is the chair leg lift.
For this one, sit with your back straight against the chair and your hands on the seat near your legs. Lift your knees to your chest and hold them up there for 5 seconds. Slowly lower them, and repeat.
Another common exercise is the pelvis thrust.
Lay in the sit up position and lift your pelvis, keeping your lower back on the floor. Hold yourself in this position for 5 seconds, slowly lower yourself down and repeat.
Keep up with these, and soon enough you will see the benefits of all your hard work.