Fitness: These are the top five exercises for flat abs – full workout plan revealed
TONING is something many slimmers hope to do while they are losing weight and exercising can be the best way to get definition. This ten minutes workout routine can help you flatten out the abs and burn fat. What is it?
Most people know that to lose weight they must eat well and exercise regularly. As well as watching the number of the scales go down, some slimmers hope to see their body tone up as they lose weight. By exercising, it is possible to target specific parts of the body and people can work towards getting a flat stomach. These five exercises can help dieters on their way to getting six pack abs, according to experts.
Getting washboard abs is no easy feat but certain exercises will make this goal more achievable, according to the NHS website.
Far from the traditional sit-up, combining different movements will help slimmers notice a change more quickly.
So, what are the ab toning moves?
Stomach crunch – 12 reps
The NHS said: “Lie on your back, knees bent and feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Place your hands on your thighs, across your chest or behind your ears.
“Slowly curl up towards your knees until your shoulders are about 3 inches off the floor. Hold the position for a few seconds and lower down slowly.”
Oblique crunch – 12 reps on each side
It said: “Roll your knees to one side down to the floor. Place your hands across your chest or behind your ears.
“Slowly curl up towards your hips until your shoulders are about 3 inches off the floor. Hold the position for a few seconds and lower down.”
Plank – hold for five to ten seconds / repeat eight to ten times
“Lie on your front propped up on your forearms and toes. Keep your legs straight and hips raised to create a straight and rigid line from head to toe,” the NHS website explained.
“Your shoulders should be directly above your elbows.”
Side plank – hold for five to ten seconds / repeat eight to ten times
They said: “Lie on your side propped up on an elbow. Your shoulder should be directly above your elbow. Straighten your legs and raise your hips to create a straight and rigid line from head to toe.
“Keep your neck long and your shoulders down and away from your ears.”
Stomach crunch with legs raised – 12 reps
“Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Place your hands across your chest,” the website explained.
“Slowly pull your knees into your chest, keeping them bent at 90 degrees, until your buttocks and tailbone come off the floor. Hold the position for a moment and lower down slowly.”
When doing these moves, it is recommended starting with a six minute warm-up routine and cool down with a five minute stretch.