Not only is a slender tummy confidence boosting, it is a sign of good health. A study published in the “Journal of the American Heart Association,” found that waist size is a stronger predictor of heart disease than weight, especially in women.  To take control of belly fat, stick to a diet with lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Begin an exercise program that includes at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every day. Get started by trying these fat-busting exercises.

The Plank with lateral toe taps

This whole body exercise integrates shoulders, abdominals and leg strength.  Raising the leg tones the rotational oblique muscles for a chiseled look.

A) Place forearms on the ground.

B) Walk feet out until legs are straight.  Keep hips raised in line with shoulders and ankles. Keep chin tucked in and head raised.

C) Raise right leg off the floor and tap toes right by a few inches and back to the center. Repeat on left side. Repeat alternately for 60 seconds.

Lower abdominal leg raise

By strengthening these abdominal muscles, we prevent the lower back from over-arching and we can flatten the lower tummy. By raising both legs with knees bent, the abdominals become strong with less pressure on your back.

A) Start by lying on back with arms by sides (for more resistance, raise body slightly) and raise both legs with knees bent into the air above hips.  Hold for 10 seconds

B) Lower legs while straightening knees until 3 to 4 inches from the floor. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat ten times.

Side leg raises

The abdominal muscles move us in all directions. This exercise focuses on the oblique muscles through the side of the body but also targets the shoulders and hips.

A) Lie on your side with forearm on the floor and head resting in your hand. Keep legs straight with ankles in line with shoulders.

B) Raise leg 24 inches above ground. Hold for 10 seconds.  Lower leg to 4 inches above your bottom leg and hold for 10 seconds.

C) Repeat on each side 10 times.

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