How To Tone Your Stomach
Trying to keep your abdominal area toned can be a daunting task for anyone. Yet with proper diet and exercise, you can achieve a toned stomach with a few simple techniques done in 20 minutes, a few times a week. The key is to be consistent, take care of your body and it will take care of you too!
Today, I'm going to be giving you some tips and exercises to help you with your fitness.
In this video I'm going to tell you how to tone your stomach. Now the great thing about trying to tone your stomach is it's a fairly small area and it doesn't take that much time.
If you spend 15 to 20 minutes every other day you'll really start to see the effects in a couple of weeks. The only way to lose fat is to eat less calories than you're burning. Make sure that you don't go for a quick fix diet which in the long run may actually lead to weight gain but instead eat little and often.
Which helps to raise your metabolism. Which means you'll be burning fat all through the day.
Drinking plenty of water is also important 2 litres at least a day, and certainly more if you're exercising.
Your diet should be a healthy mix of carbohydrates, proteins, good fats, plenty of vegetables and a moderate amounts of fruits.
When it comes to toning your tummy, there's plenty you can do. One of the first things is really important and it's improving your posture.
When you slouch what happens is your stomach tends to come out and this is the kind of form that it starts to take on. So you can either really work on holding your shoulders back and holding your stomach in or your can actually purchase a posture corrector like this. You basically put it on a little bit like a rock sack with both the arms going on your shoulders and then around the waist you have a tie that keeps it in place.
This should then help your posture and remind you to hold your shoulders back.
There are really plenty of exercises for toning your stomach which I will show you in a moment but one thing you can do throughout the day is to really be conscious of those stomach muscles. So tensing the stomach muscles wherever you are, whether you are standing, sitting or walking along, is going to make a big difference and it's going to tone you gradually.
To exercise the stomach area start on your back with your knees bent, you want to lift up so that you can feel the stomach muscles starting to engage and then lift your legs up. You can either put your arms forward or behind your head but if you are putting them behind your head, make sure you are not pushing your head forwards. You will want to bring your knees in and bring your chest up to the knees making sure it is a steady movement and keep breathing all the way through.
To tone the sides of the stomach area , the obliques, again start on your back and lift your legs up bring your arms to the back of your head, stretch one leg out and then tilt so you are touching the knee with your elbow. Now one of the areas that a lot of people like to tone is the lower stomach area. So again, start on your back, have your legs stretched up in front of you and lift with your bottom.
Now you don't want to be pressing down with your hands, so have your palms facing upwards and lift your feet. It's really important that when you've been exercising your stomach muscles that you stretch them at the end. There is a very simple stretch, you just lie on your front with your hands on either sides of your shoulders and lift up.
And that's how to tone your stomach .