The midriff is the one area which most people focus on as being their most significant health problem area.
The ways that they choose to address it are varied, involving exercise, food and more drastic measures such as surgery. Except in exceptional circumstances, surgery should never be required.
A well-balanced calorific intake is one of the main tenets of a healthy, well-developed stomach, but that alone is not enough. Exercise is a key to creating the shape you want to maintain and there are numerous well-thought-out exercises to assist you.
The following exercises are designed to assist you to improve the appearance of and decrease your stomach size and the proportion of belly-fat you carry.
These exercises have been created for beginners so all of you should be able to try these, but progress to a more challenging set of exercises when ready.
When conducting abdominal exercises remember to do them slowly.
Maintain control and do not allow the momentum of your body to take over. Just as with any exercise workout make sure you consult a medical professional before starting and ensure you warm up fully to prevent injury.
1. Vertical Leg Crunches
These are a variation of the more traditional crunches, but focus on reducing the amount of stomach fat. Prepare your exercise location, ideally an exercise mat or a towel on the floor or a flat bench.
Then lie flat on the mat. Place both hands clasped behind your head, both elbows far enough out to the sides that they are out of sight.
Then lift your legs into the air until they are straight up, crossed at the ankles and with knees slightly bent.
Then, contract your abs, lift your head, upper back, and shoulders to around a 30 degree angle. Try not to bend your back as this would defeat the object.
2. Long Arm Crunches
For these remain lying with your back flat to the floor, knees bent, feet flat.
Recline back and extend both arms above your head as though reaching away from you.
Contract your abdominal muscles then slowly lift both arms, your head and shoulders from the floor aiming for about 30 degrees.
Hold it for a few seconds then slowly, under full control lower your back and shoulders to the floor then repeat this for a full set.
3. Reverse Crunches
You need to remain on your back for this abdominal exercise.
Put both arms at your side, palms up. Raise your legs in the air so they are straight up, your hips make about a ninety degree angle with your torso.
Now, contract your abdominal muscles so it feels like your navel is being pulled toward your spine, while at the same time gently lifting your hips off the floor.
Raise your hips a few inches from the floor, keeping both legs extended upward. Hold this position, then slowly lower your hips back to the floor.
Repeat this for a full set.
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