The Best Exercises for a Flat Stomach
Most people, particularly those who lead a sedate life without much of physical
activity, suffer from belly fat. One of the basic qualifications for appearing trim
and athletic is to have a flat stomach and therefore it is essential that those with
belly fat think of ways to shed the excess flesh around the waist.
To lose belly fat and to get a flat stomach one has to necessarily do a lot of
stomach exercises. But though stomach exercises may go a long way to tone up
the stomach muscles, they alone are not enough to shrink one’s waistline. The
best way to lose belly fat is to do cardio exercises while changing your eating
habits and following a diet plan.
To lose stomach fat within reasonable time, you should make some physical
exercises a part of your daily routine. Most physical science experts opine that
doing cardio exercises is what is most important to reduce belly fat. These
exercises burn lot more calories and relatively quickly than other forms of
stomach exercises like crunches or leg lifts.
You can not expect to have a flat stomach if there is a layer of fat enveloping your
stomach muscles. Regular cardio exercises burn fat all over your body including
the fat covering your stomach. This would eventually result in your stomach
muscles becoming more prominent and visible. Here are a few practical exercise
Stomach Isometric Crunch – First exhale and then suck the stomach in and
remain that way for around 15 seconds. Repeat this exercise 6 to 8 times and this
would strengthen the abdominal muscles. This exercise can be done at any time
preferably not immediately after food intake.
Abdominal exercise: Lie on your back on the floor with knees bent and feet
rooted on the floor. Place your hands on the sides of the head for support. With
chin tucked to your chest, gently turn your head upward and forward, neck and
shoulder blades lifted off the floor but your lower back pressed to the floor. After
a while, slowly return to the original position. Repeat this exercise six times.
Sit-flat stomach Exercises: Sit on the floor with knees bent, feet placed flat on the
floor. Cross your arms on your chest and turn your head and shoulders forward
toward his chest. Gently lean back, holding your head and shoulders tucked. Stop
when you feel the stomach muscles contracting. Repeat the exercise a couple of
There are several abdominal exercises – though not all of them are equally
effective for developing a flat stomach. There are some important flat stomach
exercises like the basic crunch, the reverse crunch, the oblique crunch and the
bicycle for achieving quick positive results.
The key to obtain a flat stomach is to start in right earnest and even if you make
simple change in your food habits and start some basic exercises, you will see
your belly contracting.
Here are some practical tips to support your flat stomach exercises:
• Briskly walk or still preferably jog for 20 minutes on a daily basis to boost
your metabolism that will burn that body fat.
• Consume a few almonds every morning for burning fat.
• Eat more fiber-rich food items and reduce the intake of the bad
• Make it a habit to eat brown rice and whole wheat bread.
• Drink only skimmed milk instead of wholesome milk.
• Drink at least 6 glasses of water per day.
• Avoid eating up to 3 hours before retiring to bed.
Just remember that achieving a flat stomach calls for patience and perseverance.
Eat balanced food and do proper exercises - it may take some time, but do not
give up your dream of having a flat stomach.