The Beginner’s Guide to Stomach Exercises

Look, we all know that everyone wants to look great without their shirt on. Having washboard abs and a tight waistline is definitely something that makes you feel great and a major focus for most exercise programs. Since so many people want to focus their efforts on having abs that make the opposite sex drool, we thought it would be a good idea to go over some of the basics. There’s so many people talking about the best way to get flat abs and get rid of unwanted fat, but who can you trust. We want to cover some of the basics that all fitness fanatics would agree on.

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First and foremost, no matter what program or exercise you find to help you get in shape, you have to actually do it. If you don’t intend on actually following through the program then you might as well stop reading right now. You have to be motivated and take action. Now that that’s out of the way, whatever you’ve heard about getting ripped abs, remember, you don’t need some fancy equipment or scientific new ab machine to get good results. One of the major factors on losing stomach fat is eating right (notice I didn’t say diet).

With the various ab and stomach exercises that promise results, most focus on different muscle groups for your core. It’s good to keep in mind that the core has different muscle groups and there are certain exercises that target certain muscle groups. If you have a love handles then there are certain workouts that will target those areas. If you have excess fat on the lower center of your abs then you may want to do workouts that focus on that area. Knowing this can save unnecessary frustration from a lack of basic knowledge.

A good place to start is to try crunches. Crunches are a simple and easy workout to start off with if you’re new to exercise. You simple lay on your back and lift the top half of your body off of the ground. In the beginning, if you try these at home, you can slide your toes under the couch so you have some pressure holding your feet and making it easy to try. After a few days or weeks you can try these without any assistance. One of the key things to remember about working out in general is that form is very important. Doing an exercise slowly and correctly is better than quickly and wrong.

One of the other things that is great for the abs and obliques, is to use your waist to twist against resistance. This can be done by laying on one side and lifting the top half of your body once again. It’s similar to a crunch except your body is turned on it’s side so the effort is focused on the love handle area. This is a great work out to get rid of unwanted fat on the side of your core.

Leg lifts are another great exercise that you can do to work the lower abs and core. Simply lay on your back and lift your legs in the air together while keeping the knees locked and straight. You should fee the tension in the lower part of your abs and possibly the lower back as well. This workout can really get results once you get the form down and practice it for several months. It will also help strengthen the lower back at the same time.

With these few work out ideas for flatter abs we are confident you have a starting point for looking great. We’ll be adding more and more workout tips in the coming weeks for your benefit. Thanks for taking the time to read this and let us know if you need any help along your journey of health. Thanks!

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