3 Exercises to Tone Your Tummy

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Tone Your Tummy With These 3 Exercises

 

SO ladies, you may have just opened this blog hoping to see 3 easy ab exercise that are going to magically make your unwanted belly fat disappear. Whilst its not quite that simple as that, there are 3 daily exercise you can do that also may really surprise you!

 

One thing that many people believe but is not actually true, is you don’t necessarily NEED to to specific ‘ab’ exercises every day in order to achieve lean and and ‘toned’ abs. This general idea, also known as spot reduction, is, to be totally honest, absolute rubbish!! What I mean is you can’t pick and choose where you lose your fat from on your body … sorry! So you can be doing 500 sit ups a day and still not be seeing the results you’re hoping and wishing ofr.

 

So, now I hear you ask… ‘How do I get my toned tummy?”

 

While is isn’t overly glamorous, getting flatter and leaner abs simply involves reducing the amount of fat beneath your skin. This fat, also known as subcutaneous fat, acts like a lovely snug blanket for your abdominals, if you reduce the thickness of this cover then say helllooo to your abs!

 

In order to achieve the infamous ‘toned tummy’ you need to think about a lot more than just sit ups. Things such as our diet, training, stress levels and sleep patterns all have an impact. But when all of these things are in balance your body will find it so much easier to drop the excess and definitely unwanted fat.

 

So, while these exercise may not be the first one that popped into your head when you think ‘ab workout’, they will actually help you achieve your goals of a flatter stomach. Why? Each of these 3 exercises requires your body to use several large muscle groups all at the same time. As a rule, the more muscles or muscle groups you use when exercising the more calories you are able to burn. And as we all know when we burn more calories than we consume, this will lead to fat loss and make us looked more lean or ‘toned’.

 

So, when you have just 10 spare minutes before your shower, when you get in from work, after the kids are in bed….

 

Set a timer for 5 minutes and complete these 3 exercise as many times as you can, take a 30-60 second rest and then repeat for another 5 minutes:

 

  1. Jump Squat – 15 reps

 

Begin with your feet shoulder apart. Bend your hips and knees until your upper legs are parallel with the floor, ensuring that your back remains upright. From here, jump upwards into the air and extend your legs below you. Land with “soft” knees and repeat.

 

  1. Burpee – 10 reps

 

 

Place your hands on the floor directly in front of your feet. Keeping your weight on your hands, jump both of your feet backwards to land in push up position. Jump your feet back in towards your hands, ensuring that they stay shoulder width apart. From here, jump upwards into the air and extend your arms above your head and legs below you. Land with “soft” knees and repeat.

 

 

  1. Mountain Climber (4) + Push Up (1) – 15 reps

 

Place your hands on the floor slightly wider than your shoulders and extend your legs behind you resting on the balls of your feet. Bring your right knee into your chest and return to push up position and then repeat with your left knee. Repeat this action again with both your right knee and left knee. Keeping your core engaged, lower your body towards the floor and then push through your chest to extend your arms. Repeat.

 

Just like you can’t pick and choose where you gain fat, you can’t pick and choose where you lose it. DON’T fall into the pattern of thinking you have to do ab exercise to get toned abs, YOU don’t.

 

This can be achieved easier and quicker by doing exercises that use a large number of muscles, such as the ones above. You need to reduce the amount of body fat all over if you want to achieve toned abs.




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