Beach weather is finally here and the best way to cool down is to strip down. But what about your stomach? Just as you reach for that bikini (or speedos) that has been stuffed in the back of your drawer, you may find yourself unnerved by a panicked assessment of your neglected core muscles. Yet the thought of doing hundreds of boring and painful crunches is probably even more dreadful.
Good news! You don’t have to do any crunches or sit-ups to get beautiful sleek abs and a strong healthy core. There are many exercises that engage the core indirectly and are effective and fun. One of my favorites is the plank pose in yoga. There are many variations of the plank. To increase the intensity and target the abdominal muscles, try this modified plank exercise with a leg lift on a stability ball: Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
The idea of being alive in the time of seventeenth century Flemish Baroque painter Rubens seems attractive to me. Stuffing yourself with pies could even qualify one to model for the famous painter himself. Imagine that. I just need to put on 10 more pounds (hopefully around the mid-section), and maybe I’ll be his “Venus at the Mirror”. Nowadays, our cover girls come in a totally different format — epitomized by the Material Girl herself, whose abs are flatter than the state of Kansas. Sadly, for those of us who prefer pies to push-ups, the reality is that a flatter stomach is not only the aesthetic du jour, it’s healthier, too.
The good news? You can fight belly fat by eating fat. Now that’s phat.
A recent study in the journal of Diabetes Care found that a diet high in MUFAs — that’s monounsaturated fatty acid — can reduce unslightly and dangerous abdominal fat. Here’s a list of the top ten foods to help you bust that gut.
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Turns out (once again) mother was right. For all the times I was reproved for slouching, I could of been strengthening my back and developing flat bikini worthy abs if I had only listened. Not to mentioned avoided the dreaded slouch lines permanently creased into my stomach now. Darn it!
Practicing good posture is a (relatively) easy way to strengthen your abs and entire core area and tighten that gut. For great posture: stand straight and hold your head and neck back, lift your chest up, keep your shoulders back, slightly pull your pelvis forward and breath in deep from your lower abdominals. For the best results, engage your abdominals throughout the day in everything you do and listen to the pilates gurus and suck in your lower abs while doing sit-ups and crunches.