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HOW TO GET A FLAT STOMACH

HOW TO GET A FLAT STOMACH

A toned stomach is an object of desire for many of us. Whether it's for beach confidence or simply being able to do up our trousers, keeping those love handles down is important.

A flat stomach matters not just for appearance, but also for health

So here are the 3 steps to busting that belly:

1.      REMOVE THE COATING

There’s no escaping the truth – a flat stomach starts by putting the right amount of food into it. The most dedicated efforts to tone stomach muscles won’t show results if those muscles are covered in a layer of fat.

Watching your calorie intake (while maintaining a healthy diet) is the best way to reduce your body fat. Burning some of those calories with exercise will also assist – that’s step 2!

2.      BURN OFF THE FAT

While spot-reducing exercise is a myth, a good session of cardio will help to deal with whatever is there. It will also benefit your general health, so head for the spinning class, treadmill or circuits session. While the weather holds, take your stomach outside for a run or even a brisk walk.

3.      TONE THE MUSCLES

Targeted exercise can also help to define and lengthen that waistline. If you struggle with simple crunches, enlist some machine help. Seated ab curls on a crunch machine will tighten things up while you remain upright. This reduces strain on your lower back.

If you don’t have time for a gym visit, there are also simple no-equipment exercises that can be done in spare time at home. Try these two, remembering to keep your stomach pulled in to engage your core.

  • Banana roll: lie down on your back, with arms and legs extended. Lift limbs so you are banana-shaped, then roll over on to your front under control.
  • Standing side bends: stand with feet hip width apart. Place one hand behind your head with your elbow out. Bend sideways so the other hand slides down your leg. Stand again and repeat on the other side.

Burn the fat, embrace the flat – for health as well as appearance!

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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