My Mother was telling me the other day how she managed to get abs like Olympic Athlete Jessica Ennis after she had me – I know it because I’ve seen pictures of her. She also told me when I wasn’t awake up to mischief as a baby and actually sleeping, she would do 200 sits ups per day to keep slim. Pretty impressive. I’ve got to be honest, my stomach is pretty toned already, but I wouldn’t mind getting some rock hard abs the easy way.
It’s really important to do cardio exercise if you want a flat stomach to begin with. This includes running, cycling, aerobics and swimming. Kickboxing works wonders on helping you get a good waist.
Firstly Activate one’s abs
Place your hands on your tummy and cough. As you expel air, your tummy muscles tighten in towards the body. Hold that position as you go about your day. Keep your shoulders relaxed and breathe properly. You should be able to walk, talk, sit, shop and exercise like this. Over a few weeks, your tummy muscles will be stronger and tighter.
The best exercises for toning are crunch-based exercises done by activating all ab muscles, using the cough method and lifting the shoulders of the floor. Lengthen the spine as you come up, the slower the better, and have a pause and little squeeze of the ab muscles at the top. Imagine your tummy muscles are a sponge filled with water and, as you come to the top, you need to try to squeeze out the water. Return to the start position slowly and repeat.
Drinking more water makes you retain less water by carrying bloat-causing elements such as salt out of your body.
AB WORKOUTS THAT REALLY WORK
Get a sexy, sleek, and healthy stomach with the best gut-strengtheners of all time. The first three work all your ab muscles at once; the fourth slims and strengthens your sides. Add one or more of these moves to your ab routine every time and say hello to a new bikini
Lie with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, fingertips lightly touching behind your head, elbows out to the sides. Contract your abs and let your head, upper back, and shoulders come off the floor. Keep your chin one fist’s width from your chest. Hold and squeeze for a moment at the top, then slowly return to the starting position.
Tip: Don’t pull your head with your hands! Imagine a rope pulling your body up from your sternum.
Lie on the floor with your fingertips behind your head. Bend your knees and raise your legs above your hips, calves parallel to the floor. Bring one elbow to the opposite knee while pressing the other leg away from your body at a 45-degree angle. Alternate sides.
Beginner tip: Start with both feet on the floor. As you bring one elbow across, bring the opposite knee up to meet it, then put it back down and repeat on the other side.
Lie on your back with your legs raised straight above your hips and your arms reaching to the ceiling. Simultaneously reach your fingertips toward your toes and press your feet toward the ceiling to lift your tailbone off the floor.
Beginner tip: Instead of lifting your feet and hands together, alternate between lifting the upper body and the hips.
Lie on one side with your knees bent and your forearm on the floor. Keep your elbow in line with your shoulder. Press your weight into your elbow and lift your hips and upper body off the floor so you make a straight line from knee to head. Hold for as long as you can — try 10 to 20 seconds at first; build up to a minute. Switch sides. As you get stronger, try straightening the arm, straightening the legs and then straightening both.
(Thanks to Marie Claire Mag for info)
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