For many people the abdominal area is the hardest of all to shape, tone and firm. Some of this has to do with our genetic makeup but a lot of it has to do with our eating and lack of exercise. You can turn a washtub belly into washboard abs with some quick stomach exercises that are made to deliver bang for the buck. What many don’t realize is that your stomach muscles can be exercised daily. You can do stomach exercises and lose that belly fat if you do them at least 3-5 times a week.
Let’s start out easy with The Lift. Lie on your back on the floor. (Use a pillow or towel roll to support the small of your back, if needed). Now keeping your head, back, shoulders and buttocks on the floor, lift your legs about 18 inches from the floor. Your feet should be touching and your legs should be straight. Hold the position for a count of at least 20. Lower your legs just 4 inches and repeat the count of 20. Continue to lower and hold for a count of 20 at least 3 more times. The last count should be done with your legs about 2 inches off the floor. You will feel the pull in the abdominal area with this exercise. Keep your arms flat at your sides and breathe normally with the routine. If you cannot hold the position for the count of 20, start with a shorter count and work your way up until you are able to hold all counts to a total of 30 for each one.
The next belly exercise to blast flab is called The Penguin. With this one you will again lie on your back on a firm surface. Your legs should be together with your heels on the floor. Let your arms rest at your sides. Now slide your right leg to the side a few inches, at the same time take your right arm, and slide it towards the lower leg and ankle, as if to touch it. Keep your shoulders and neck as flat as possible on the floor. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. This exercise should resemble the side shuffle seen in penguins. Repeat the routine 30 times on each side. If 30 is too many at first, do what you can until you can do 30 easily.
Crunches are always great to chase away a flabby belly. Many people do not do them correctly so they get minimum results for maximum effort. Try this Ab Crunch Sizzler routine. Lie on the floor on your back with your legs flat and about a shoe length apart at the ankles. Now raise your legs about 6 inches off the floor and at the same time raise your head and shoulders about 4-6 inches off the floor. You can keep your hands flat on the floor or let them rest on your belly. Hold this position for at least a count of 5-10 and release. Repeat this for a total of 30. Only your head and upper shoulders should leave the floor, press your lower back into the floor and do not let your upper back clear the floor.
Raising the back off the floor is a mistake many people make when doing crunches, this strains the back and does not work the abs.
If you make these 3 exercises part of your workout at least 3-5 days a week you will be seeing toned and tighter muscles in just a couple of weeks. In order to blast your belly flab you have to target and work those out of shape abdominals. These exercises are sure belly fat blasters. So why wait? Do stomach exercises and lose that belly fat today!