Does your belly bulge? I know it’s a harsh question to ask and many people would take an oath, but be honest with yourself. The first step to losing excess stomach fat is admitting you have it, and the best way to check is by looking at the size of your belly bulge. A little bulge is natural. You’re going to see it when you look down at your stomach due to the natural curve of your body, and a little fat is actually better for you than no fat. However, if you can not see your toes when you look down, then you probably have some excess belly fat you could afford to lose.
Everyone has a part of their body that is harder to tone than the rest. It could be your arms, legs, or even your gluteus maximus. Chances are that your abs are either at the top of your list of problem areas or very close to it. The abdominal muscles can be, for many, the hardest part of the body to get into top physical shape.
While eating correctly will help you lose stomach fat and get down to the jean size you want, a variety of stomach exercises can help burn off those extra pounds. With a little time, the application of the following 3 exercises can have you on the fast track to the well-toned abs of your dreams.
The first exercise for abs I want to go over is known as the bicycle exercise. To do this, simply lie on the floor (or another level surface) with your hands on the sides of your head and your knees in the air creating a 45-degree angle with the floor. Begin to move your legs in the air as if you were pedalling a bike and be sure to touch your elbow to the corresponding knee on the other side of your body as you bring each leg in during the bike pedalling motion. Do this in a couple sets of about a dozen or so reps in order to work both your love handle and six-pack areas.
Another simple exercise you can do is called the vertical leg crunch. Lie on the floor and lift your legs straight up into the air with your knees crossed. Then begin to do crunches for a few sets of a dozen or so reps. This will also assist in developing and working out your love handle and six-pack areas.
If you do not like the vertical leg crunch you can opt out and execute the long arm crunch in its place. The long arm crunch is a simple variation of a normal crunch. All you have to do is stretch your arms out behind your head instead of having your hands by your sides, head, or chest. This exercise, when done in a few sets of a dozen or so reps, will work the upper part of your abs. Remember, your six pack area is really a pairing of long abdominal muscles (the rectus abdominis muscle) that stretches from your pelvis to your lower chest. Just working part of the muscle actually benefits the entire muscle.
Adding these exercises to your routine will provide a great benefit, whether abs are a problem area for you or if you’re just looking for new ways to strengthen and tone them.