Home Fitness Exercise 5 Ways to Flatten Your Belly!

Many women strive for a flat stomach so they can look good in a bathing suit for summer; but with a lot of misinformation out there, it can get confusing!  There are a lot of gimmicks – pills, creams and wraps that promise to get you the flat stomach you have always wanted. Unfortunately, there is no cream, wrap or pill that will flatten your stomach. Keep reading to learn 5 ways to flatten your belly in time for summer!

1. Work your transverse abdominis
This is extremely useful to mothers who need to tighten up their post-baby belly, and it is so easy! Working your inner core muscles will help to flatten your belly and tighten the muscles. Start by taking a breath in and as you exhale, draw in your stomach muscles. Hold this for 10-20 seconds while you continue breathing. Relax and rest for 10-20 seconds before repeating. Do this 10-12 times 3x a day. This can be done anywhere, while sitting at the computer, in the shower or while you are laying in bed.

2. Work it off with cardio
Cardio is the most effective way to burn that deep, visceral belly fat. Perform 30-60 minutes of cardio like jogging, running or aerobics 4-5 times a week. For some people, exercising in the morning on an empty stomach gives them the best results, but do what works best for you!

3. Lift!
Strength Training is one of the best ways to increase your metabolic rate helping you to burn more fat. Perform whole body strength training exercises 2-3x a week to build lean muscle and help to flatten those abs.
Note: You cannot spot-reduce fat. Doing 100 sit-ups a day will not burn belly fat. You will build up your abdominal muscles under the belly fat. In order to reduce your body fat and reveal a flat toned stomach, you need to perform both cardio and strength training combined with healthy eating.

4. Abs are made in the kitchen
Eating fries, chocolate, ice cream and cake will not help you on your quest to get a flat stomach. You need to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. Remember to include foods that are high in fibre – for every 10 grams of fibre you eat daily, your belly will carry almost 4% less fat.

5. Reduce sodium
Eating too much salt can make you retain water and look and feel bloated. Eat no more than 1500mg of sodium daily and remember to drink lots of water to help prevent fluid retention!

Sample Belly Blasting Workout
Perform 15 reps of each exercise right after the other without resting. Once you have completed the circuit take a 1 minute break and repeat 2 more times through. Do this circuit 3x a week on alternate days.
Squat
Jump Squat
Overhead Press
Lunge
Jumping Lunge
Push Up
Triceps Push Up
Plank (hold 10-20 seconds)

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