Especially after the holiday season, we could all benefit from shedding a few pounds. Whether your new year’s resolution involves weight-loss or not, it’s still an excellent time to start working towards your goals. If you’re like most other people, your stomach is a problem area. Countless people have too much stomach fat, and even though not everyone who does is considered overweight, we can all agree that it would be nice to lose a few pounds. The best way to lose weight is to combine diet with an exercise program that takes advantage of lots of tummy reducing exercises. This article will explain some of the best tummy reducing exercises to use if your ultimate goal is a trim stomach.
Crunches are a classic abdominal exercise, and can be very helpful to your overall workout routine. It’s important to change up your exercise pattern regularly, so don’t just do a bunch of crunches and expect good results. There are even some things you can change while doing crunches. For instance, after doing a set of normal crunches, you can bust out your exercise ball and do crunches atop that. This exercise is better for your back, and provides more leverage for your abs, which means they will hurt less but still get roughly the same workout. You can also do crunch twists, which are one of my favorite kinds of tummy reducing exercises. Crunch twists are only different in that when you come up towards your knees, you lean over to the left or the right to complete the exercise.
The plank is one of the more painful but extremely effective tummy reducing exercises. To do it, simply lay on your stomach and stretch out. Next, go up on your toes and elbows, and get to a position that’s relatively comfortable. Make sure your back is as straight as possible, and nothing but your arms and toes are touching the ground. Hold that position for as long as you can. You will begin to feel a burn almost immediately, both in your abs and arms. Some people even feel a strain in their backs and legs, which makes the plank almost a full-body workout. Ideally you should be doing the plank for 30-60 seconds at a time, if not more.
The pulse-up is a tummy reducing exercise you’ve probably never heard of. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good exercise! To do a pulse-up, lay flat on your back like you’re going to do crunches. Next, raise your legs STRAIGHT up into the air, as high as you can. Put your arms out straight along the ground to provide support. Next, raise your legs up further, using the muscles in your hips and your abs. Try to keep most of your back on the ground while doing this. Continue doing this until you feel you cannot do another rep, and then take a break. This is one of the tummy reducing exercises that can be rather rough on your back, so be careful when doing it and always watch your form.