After having three beautiful babies, the BIGGEST problem area in my body was my stomach. I hated the pouch and muffin top that was left after having the kids. Now that I’ve lost the weight, (and my troublesome stomach), I want to share with you the 3 best exercises I’ve found to flatten that stomach:
- Sit Ups– yes I said sit ups, NOT crunches. Sit ups work your FULL range of motion, therefore strengthening your abs through their full range, not jst the top part of your stomach. That said, they must be done properly to avoid any possibility of injury to your spine and the neck and head muscles. Here’s a great video that demonstrates how to do them properly:
- Planks– Planks are a popular core strengthening exercise because not only do they strengthen your abs, but they also strengthen your back. With a strong back and stomach your posture will be better and your stomach will appear flatter. Here’s a video demonstrating how to do a plank:
- Side Planks– Side planks are a variation of the plank exercise above. They also strengthen your back and hip flexors but they have a greater focus on the sides of your body, also known as your external obliques. Improved posture, thanks to strong obliques, give your waist a narrower appearance. Here’s how to do a side plank:
The three exercises above have really helped me – I have a stronger core, better posture, and look thinner.
Question/Sharing: What are your 3 favourite abdominal exercises?