Now, I’m not one for cheating or quick fixes, but I do believe that if there’s a healthy, faster way to attain goals, why not put it to use? I mentioned…
The best thing for flat and defined abs is a good cardio routine, but combined with these core exercises you can be sure you are targeting and toning the right muscles and speeding up results. Try combining the cardio with these ab exercises by warming up with running, skipping, or jumping, and add in some stretching for good measure.
Its also important to be aware of your overall posture and alignment, as balance in the body is key to stay free from pain and will also help you look taller and leaner.
This ab builder targets the 6 pack abs, whilst challenging your balance. So you get to tone the deep core muscles at the same time. From all fours, extend and reach the arm and leg out in opposite directions, then draw them in towards each other, whilst rounding the back and looking into the navel. Be sure to repeat on both sides.
This simple plank is a fantastic way to work the core, whilst also activating the whole body. Imagine a long pole through the body, from heels to crown of head, and draw your abs in and up. Remember, quality is key, so only hold this as long as you can keep good form. You can make this easier by lowering to your knees. Be careful not to let your hips or head drop.
Marching Table Top:
I know we’re talking about flat abs, but you’d be amazed at how standing upright and straight can have on making your tummy look flat. This exercise tones the glutes, and opens the chest and shoulders whilst lengthening the spine. Its a great way to look taller and leaner. Be sure to draw your abs in and up and keep the hips level as you march the legs.
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