A flabby stomach is one of the most common issues people have when it comes to toning their own body, and getting rid of excess belly fat is major workout goals. In order to slim down and lose inches off of your waistline, it's imperative to focus on the basics. This means eating a healthy diet while at a calorie deficit, planning strength training regularly, and getting in daily steps and a cardio workout. There are some pretty excellent floor exercises you can consistently add to your regular fitness regimen that will help you get rid of a flabby stomach.
You're not alone when it comes to having annoying stomach flab to deal with. Harvard Health explains it's extremely common as you reach middle age to have an increased fat to body-weight ratio. Where does the extra fat you accumulate seem to go? You guessed it-right in the stomach area. Not only does this excess flab ruin your waistline and seriously kill the vibe when it comes to summer bathing suit weather, but it can also cause serious health conditions, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Extra belly fat can also possibly cause breast cancer and even gallbladder issues. It's important to perform some moderate to intense physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes every day (via Harvard Health).
A common mistake that people make when training in order to get rid of your flabby stomach is to perform endless sets of crunches, situps, and side bends. Unfortunately, you cannot spot reduce to the belly area directly. However, doing the right floor core exercises can help strengthen and build muscle in your abs, thereby improving the blood flow to the area. This will, in turn, allow excess fat to be released from that section in a more efficient way.
Try this fitness routine for your next workout to rid your body of a flabby stomach. Perform 3 to 4 sets of each of the following exercises, and enjoy the results all summer long and beyond.
For this first move, get into a kneeling position on the floor with your hands holding an ab wheel. Keeping your core tight and glutes squeezed, extend your body forward as far as you can, leading with your arms and hips and squeezing your abs. Once you've gone as far as you can, exhale all of your air out before rolling back to the start. Do this for 10 to 15 reps.
To do a side plank with rotation, start by getting into a side plank position with your shoulder in line with your elbow and legs stacked on top of each other. With your core tight and glutes squeezed, begin by taking your top arm and rotating it underneath your body in a scooping motion to the other side, rotating on your elbow and squeezing your shoulder blade to finish. Perform 8 to 10 reps on one side before spinning around and completing your reps on the other.
For the lying leg raise, begin by lying flat on your back with your ribs pulled down toward the ground. Keeping your core tight and legs straight, raise your legs up towards your head. Flex your abs hard at the end of the movement, then lower them back to starting position under control, maintaining tension the entire time before performing another rep. Do this for 10 to 15 reps.
You will begin the Janda situp by positioning yourself to where you're lying flat on your back with your knees bent and your heels pressing against a sturdy surface. Perform a situp while digging your heels towards you, flexing your hamstrings. As you come up, flex your abs as hard as you can, exhaling all of your air. Lower yourself slowly (aka with control) before performing another rep. Do this for 8 to 10 reps.
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