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Tummy Flattening Exercises

A toned abdomen is what most of us desire but ironically can't achieve. The article provides some of the best tummy flattening exercises for you...
The stomach portion is considered to be the most difficult region to work on. Belly fat is a very common problem among both obese and slim people. The maximum fat produced in the body is stored in the lower part of the body and exercises are required to be performed to burn this accumulated fat. Only exercise is not going to help, one also needs to concentrate on the tummy flattening diet. Avoid foods that are high in carbohydrates and fats. Drink lots of water, at least 8-10 glasses every day. Increase protein and fiber intake in your diet. Rely on healthy food items and not on ready-made processed foods. Count the calories consumed by you and see that you do not exceed the required number. To get effective results, one also has to perform exercises that will burn the fat from all the body parts and not just the tummy.

Exercises to Tone Your Tummy
Crunches are considered to be some of the most effective exercises for reducing the tummy fat. But you should know that only crunches are not enough for flattening stomach, it is must that you combine other exercises along with crunches to get best results. Many people are unaware of the exact exercises that should be performed for reducing the tummy and they keep on doing wrong set of exercises. Cardiovascular exercises that may consist of either aerobic exercises, walking, running, cycling, etc. are some of the most important exercises, that are a must for flattening the tummy. Exercises that are performed with equipment like stability ball and some gym equipment provide good results to reduce the tummy fat.

Exercise #1
  • Lie down on your back on an exercise mat.
  • Place your arms besides your sides, such that your palms face downwards.
  • Now, lift your legs such that they make 45 degree angle with the floor.
  • Maintain your legs on the same height and spread them to form a V shape.
  • Gently lift your shoulders and head by tightening your ab muscles.
  • Then, cross your legs as if to form X shape and again spread them to form V shape.
  • Thus, move your legs to move in the form of scissor for 10-15 times.
Exercise #2
  • Lie down on your back on an exercise mat.
  • Place your arms to support your head, such that, your elbows point in side directions.
  • Gently raise your shoulders and lift your left leg to bring a bend in its knee. Keep your right leg straight on the floor.
  • Then, try to reach the left knee by your right elbow and then bring the left leg to its initial position.
  • Repeat the same for the right side and again for the left side.
  • Complete 10 knee touches for each side.
Exercise #3
  • You will require an exercise ball to perform this exercise.
  • First, balance on the exercise ball such that your torso and thighs remain parallel to the floor.
  • Then fold your arms to place them on your chest and place your chin near the upper part of the chest.
  • Tighten your abdominal muscles and gently raise your torso to make an angle of 45 degrees.
  • Spread your legs a bit morem in case you find it difficult to balance on the stability ball.
Some Useful Tips
  • Perform warm up exercises before doing any of the exercises mentioned above.
  • See that you have controlled motion while performing these exercises.
  • Include fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats and low fat products in your diet.
  • Calculate the recommended calorie intake and see that you do not exceed the required amount.
  • Besides performing the tummy fat exercises, also spare 30 minutes for walking exercises or cycling.
  • Increase your repetitions and sets of the exercises gradually.
  • It is recommended that you consult a physical trainer for knowing the exact steps of the exercises.
So, these were some of the important exercises to flatten your tummy. Chalk out a proper workout routine and work with determination. This will give you sexy toned abs and you can enjoy wearing your favorite outfit without any embarrassment.
By Mayuri Kulkarni
Last Updated: 9/29/2011
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