Exercises for a Flat Stomach for Women
A woman’s approach from a man’s for a flat stomach differs in that without high levels of testosterone it becomes difficult to acquire six packs and ripped obliques. Not that most women are keen on six pack abs for themselves. They would still hanker after a flat stomach that immediately gives way to better posture and a sexier body. Here are some of the few ways out of many to flatten your tummy. Make sure your stomach is empty before attempting any of these.
Sit comfortably in a chair but do not lean back. Keep your back straight and knees upright. Inhale deeply and as you exhale slowly, lift your legs up. You can hold onto the chair for balance with your arms but keep your legs steady as you bring your knees up to the chest level. You will feel your stomach contract. Hold your knees up in this position for a few seconds and slowly bring your feet back to the floor. This is the easiest and yet intense exercise you can do at home. Do as many repetitions as you can. As you build your stamina you can move onto other exercises.
Chair Exercise Variation
To add more intensity once you’ve gotten used to the chair exercise is to be seated upright like before and keep your hands up at the level of your head as if holding a barbell. Your elbows become parallel to the ground. Now bring your right elbow towards your left knee as you raise your left knee to bring it closer to your right elbow. They should meet around your mid-section. Hold for a few seconds, slowly release and repeat with the other arm and knee. This will work your obliques as well as your abdominal muscles.
Before you get ready for ab crunches prepare your abs further with this simple exercise. Your lower abs benefit immensely from this routine. Lie flat on the ground with your hands under the butt. Slowly raise one of your legs towards the ceiling. Lift as high as you can and hold for a few seconds. Keep your chin up towards the ceiling as well. Now repeat with the other leg.
Many women are averse to ab crunches thinking they will develop a masculine form. This is a myth and the ab crunch is a classic exercise for both sexes. Lie flat on the ground with your knees bent. You can have someone hold your feet as they should remain stationary. Or you can slip them under a chair to keep them in place. Now, with your hands behind your head lift your torso to the knees with your chin up towards the ceiling. It is important to keep the chin up otherwise you are just straining your lower back. You can do more harm this way than reap any benefits from this tough workout.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Aug 12, 2011
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