Excess rolls of fat on the belly represent a problem for both men and women, even the younger generation. However, with perseverance and effort, combined with a good program of abdominal exercises, you can soon have the flat strong abdomen you desire. Here are some exercises that are recommended by fitness trainers to tone up the abs muscles and help you get a smooth flat stomach.
Abdominal Exercise 1
Sit on a folded blanket on the floor or a mat, with your knees bent and your feet suspended just above the floor. Hold a towel in your hands, and reach your arms out in front of you, stretching the towel tight as you do so. Bend your body to 45 degrees by straightening your legs, so your body forms a “V” shape. Keep the position for about ten seconds, and relax. Repeat from 5 to 10 times.
Abdominal Exercise 2
Lie on your back, with your arms at your sides, perfectly straightened. Keep your palms on the floor, with your legs together, and your toes pointing up. Bend your legs to the right, and then to the left. Repeat the exercise 10 times. This is a difficult exercise at the beginning, but it is one of the most effective abdominal exercises, so you persevere with it until you get it right. It is also important not to hurry, as it is better to make three good movements when doing the exercise instead of 10 incorrect ones.
Abdominal Exercise 3
The scissors exercise is an easy abs exercise that is fast to perform. Simply lay on the ground with your arms straight at your sides. Lift both your legs towards the ceiling, and then slowly lower your left leg until it is suspended about 6 inches above the floor. Raise your shoulders and head off the floor and take hold of your right leg with both hands, pulling it in toward your chest. Hold the position for a few minutes and relax. Then repeat with the other leg. Do around a dozen reps each session, quickly switching legs without resting in between.
Those are only a few basic abdominal exercises, and it is obviously better to have a customised training plan devised for you by a fitness expert for more effective results, but if that is not possible, you will find these moves do help tone up the abs muscles if you do them around 5 times each per week. You can expect to see noticeable results after about 3 weeks. As well as performing these types of simple exercises or those suggested by a trainer, you should try to do more general exercise, such as walking, riding a bike, or swimming, as these will also help you get the belly fat off.
If you are carrying a lot of weight around the belly you will probably have to change your eating habits too, to achieve a flat stomach. Make sure you cut out unhealthy saturated fats and processed foods – instead choose foods that contain healthy fats like olives and avocados, raw fruits and vegetables and fiber-rich foods such as legumes, brown rice and oatmeal.