Exercises to Strengthen the Abs

Say you’re happy with your figure right now but you’d like a flatter stomach, who doesn’t, right?

If only working out can be done naturally as eating breakfast, that would be great! But, it’s not easy as that!

Belly exercises, well, almost ALL exercises, require discipline and regularity.

For instance, if you do sit ups for 30 minutes every night before you go to bed, you’ll definitely see results.

Here are 8 varieties to your usual boring sit ups. Try these abs workout every day and achieve a fitter, flatter belly!

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8 Ways for a Flatter Stomach

Exercise 1.

  • Lie on your back and bend your leg.
  • Hold for 10 seconds and extend your leg.
  • Repeat with each leg 15 to 20 times.

Exercise 2.

  • Lie on your back, bend your leg and fold your arms behind your head.
  • Lift your bent legs so your upper body and thighs form a right angle.
  • Pull your knees and elbows slowly together and release.
  • Repeat 10 to 15 times.

Exercise 3. 

  • Lie flat on your back.
  • Pull one knee to the chest.
  • Extend both arms forward as far over your foot as possible.
  • Hold this position for a few seconds.
  • Go back to starting position and repeat with each leg 5 times.

Exercise 4.

  • Lie on your back and bend your leg.
  • Place your hand to your knee and press against it.
  • Hold for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat with each leg 10 times.

Exercise 5.

  • Lie on your back and stretch both legs vertically upwards.
  • Put your hands behind your head and raise your head slightly.
  • Alternate your feet with your right and left hands.
  • Repeat 10 times per side.

Exercise 6.

  • Lie on your back and angle your legs so your upper body and thighs are at right angles. Your knees should touch each other.
  • Stretch your arms at shoulder level.
  • Inhale as you tilt your knees slowly. On exhale, go back to starting position.
  • Repeat the whole thing on the other side. Repeat 10 to 15 times per side.
  • Note: Keep your hip on the ground during the entire exercise.

Exercise 7.

  • Lie on your back with both legs bent and feet on the ground.
  • Cross your hands behind your head and lift your head slightly.
  • Alternately pull your elbows diagonally upwards with the respective shoulder lifted up slightly from the ground.
  • Repeat 10 times on each side.

Exercise 8.

  • Lie on your back and stretch your legs straight up.
  • Place your hands palms down on the floor.
  • Tighten your stomach now and pull in at the same time.
  • Lift your pelvis slowly a few centimeters, hold this position briefly and lower it slowly.
  • Repeat 10 to 15 times.

 

The “belly-friendly” diet

At the beginning of your belly workout plan, your diet plan should be thought of carefully.

If food intake is drastically changed, your body will automatically use its fat reserves. When that happens, your muscle mass will decrease.

Furthermore, eating normally after that drastic change will only make things worse.

The body will be confused and use up every ounce of fat, which will result to the yo-yo effect—the rising and falling of numbers on the scales.

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To achieve your desired goals, remember these 3 things when fat burning:

  • Protein

Protein supports the burning of fat, as the body does not have to resort to it’s own muscle protein. Added to this is the optimal saturation effect.

Therefore, your nutritional plan should include white meat and/or fish.

Protein shakes are also an option.

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  • Carbs

Sugar is the biggest enemy of a successful diet and that’s why it’s completely banned from diet plans.

Carbohydrates should be consumed in moderation because lack of it will not help muscle growth.

Avoid refined sugars and replace with vitamin-rich fruits or whole-grain products. But eat fruits in small portions as a snack.

Also reduce, if not eliminate in your diet, sweet drinks, fast food, white flour products and candies.

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  • Water

Drinking lots of fluids are the nuts and bolts in increasing your metabolism which stimulates fat burning.

Consume at least 2 liters of water or unsweetened tea a day. Tip: Green tea is great in fat burning.

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Commitment and Hard Work–See the Results!

Yes, belly fat burning can’t be controlled but if you follow these steps, you’ll soon see desirable results!

Ten minutes together with a healthy diet, you’ll be flaunting that belly in no time!

 

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