How To Get A Flat Stomach
Most women dream of a bikini body to make others jealous. Attaining that flat stomach doesn't have to be a struggle. Here are VideoJug's top tips to get the toned tummy of a superstar
Step 1: Basic stomach exercises
You need to exercise the muscles in your stomach. Stomach Crunches are a great start as they concentrate on the abdominal muscles and can be done in your own home or the gym. Please see VideoJug's "How to do Sit-Ups" for the perfect technique.
Also try leg raises. Lie on your back with your legs straight and together. Raise your legs, keeping them together. Lower them down making sure they stay around 2 inches from the floor. Hold for a few seconds and repeat. Try doing sets of 10 repetitions to start with.
Then there's Standing Twist. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees relaxed. Keeping your hips stable twist your torso to the right bringing your left arm across your chest in a punching motion. Twist back and repeat in the opposite direction. Try doing 30 repetitions to start with and increase this the stronger you feel. Do not do this if you have any history of back troubles.
Step 2: Aerobic exercise
You need to have an overall fat burning regime. You can do all the crunches in the world but if you have a layer of flab covering up your tummy, no one's going to see the fruits of your labour. 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 4 to 5 times a week is enough. Try cycling, jogging, dancing or an activity you enjoy which gets your heart rate going. You can also introduce some simple resistance training such as weight lifting to help tone your newly developed muscles.
Step 3: Diet
Your diet is just as important as the exercise regime as it will help you reduce those extra wobbly bits so your new improved abs show through. Try and eat more proteins as these will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Proteins can be found in white meats like chicken and turkey and in fruits and dark vegetables. Foods rich in whole wheat and grains also sustain your hunger. Replace sugary drinks with water. The recommended daily allowance is 6 to 8 medium sized glasses.
Step 4: Tips
Working out with a friend is a great way to stay focused. If one of you is having a down day the other can encourage and vice versa. It's also a lot more fun having someone to talk to. Try making a gym soundtrack of upbeat songs to keep you going. And finally be patient, you will not get a flat stomach overnight. It will take time but your hard work will be rewarded.
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