You are eating well and shedding the fat so now it’s time to get that ripped stomach you always wanted. Here are some key core exercises to get stuck into.
1. Front Bridge Exercise (A.K.A Planks)
Planks are good for both your core muscles and your back. This exercise relies on you to get the proper posture for maximum results. Keep your body as straight as possible without locking your knees. Hold yourself in position for as long as you can, then take a little rest. Repeat for at least 2-3 times and gradually increase the time you hold the position.
2. Side Plank
By using the same principle of the plank, you’ll now be getting those obliques into the game as well. Simply lie on your right side with your feet and hips resting on the floor on top of each other. Your legs should be extended too and your right elbow should be directly under your shoulder. Slowly contract your core muscles, then lift your knees and hips off the floor.
3. Crunches/Sit Ups
Crunches and/or sit ups are the most basic exercises for getting your stomach in shape. All you have to do is lay on a flat surface, bend your knees with your feet on the floor, hold your hands by your ears (this is to prevent neck strain) and then lift your shoulders and upper back away from the floor. Be sure to keep your face pointing towards the ceiling for the whole exercise. Repeat the process for 15-25 times to get maximum results.
4. Leg Drop
Leg drops are aimed to work your middle and lower abdominal muscles. To perform one, all you have to do is lie on a flat surface with your legs over your hips at a 90 degree angle. From this position, you then lower your legs as low as you can, but careful not to make them touch the floor. Lift your legs back up, avoid using your lower back in the process, and bring it back down again. Repeat for 10 times.
5. Hip Lifts
Hip Lifts target the obliques and rectus abdominis, a.k.a abs. To start the exercise, lie on your back on a flat surface with your arms by your sides. Lift your legs over your hips at a 90 degree angle, with your feet flexed, while your palms are facing down. You then lift your hips using your core muscles, all the while your legs are aimed towards the ceiling. Repeat the process for at least 15 times.
6. Crunch and Twist
This is basically a variation of the crunches/sit ups exercises. Instead of mainly focusing on the abs itself, this variation works on your obliques too. You start off in a crunches position and then lift your upper back from the surface. But before you go back down, you perform a “twist” using your waist, with the goal of making your right elbow touch your left knee. Next up is to repeat the process but with your left elbow touching your right knee this time around. Do this on each side for 10-15 times.
7. Pike and Extend
To perform the pike and extend exercise, you have to first lie on a flat surface with your extended over your hips. You then crunch up with your hand reaching towards your feet. Bring your arms back overhead while simultaneously lowering your left leg towards the floor. Crunch back up while your hands reach both your toes, but this time when you bring your arms back overhead, lower your right leg towards the floor. Alternate sides and repeat for 20 times.
Do these exercises for at least twice a week and you’ll gradually see improvements on your stomach. Keep in mind that for removing belly fat, your diet play an important factor too, so be sure to eat right. This way, you won’t just be keeping keeping your body healthy, but you’ll also be toning your stomach to your desired look.