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February 3, 2019

5 Tummy Toning Exercises for More Defined Abs

Source: Woman’s Day

 

Does a bulging belly stop you from wearing those skin-tight dresses or midriff-baring tops? If no amount of dieting and exercising could melt away the stubborn belly fat there’s a quick and effective solution to that, CoolSculpting or a tummy tuck! Though all these can immediately resolve your belly woes, they however, can upset your finances if you haven’t planned and saved enough money for cosmetic purposes. If you’re not yet ready to take that path to achieve your dream abs, a natural tummy-toning would be a more viable option for you. It is as effective as cosmetic procedures but will not cost you a ton of money to execute.

It’s a given that anything that is done naturally will take time to yield visible results. This also applies to exercise. Tummy-toning requires patience and hard work, and of course, a very strong willpower to pursue the exercise program until the end. Your heart and mind should be in the right place, and that’s to achieve the flat, washboard abs that you have been dreaming for so long!

Are you ready to learn some of the tummy-toning exercises you can do at home? Yes, you read it right! You don’t need to sweat it out for hours in the gym going through a long list of abdominal exercises to tone your tummy. With the right moves, you’ll just spend 10 minutes a day to see real results. So grab your mat and start tightening your belly with these powerful exercises!

The Abdominal Hold

 

Pull up a sturdy chair and sit on its edge with your back straight. Place your hands on the chair’s edge, one hand on each side of your body with the fingers pointing toward your knees. Tauten your abs and lift your toes up for about two to four inches from the floor. Next, raise your butt off the chair and hold the position for five to ten seconds. Lower yourself down on the chair and repeat. Do this exercise for at least a minute every day.

 

The Ballet Twist

 

Sit on the mat and stretch your legs forward while pressing them together then, lean back from your hips at a 45 degree-angle. With your abs engaged, bring your arms up in your head like a ballerina. Twist your torso slowly to the right and place your right hand on the mat while keeping the left hand overhead. Slowly count to three and switch to your left side, raising your right arm this time and placing your left hand on your left side. Tighten your abs to support the spine as you return towards the center and bring both of your arms overhead. Do two sets of six to eight repetitions on each side.

 

The Flutter Clicks

 

Lie back on the floor and slip your hands under your butt. Lift your head off the floor and raise your legs slowly while keeping your core taut. Point your toes and bring one foot up then the other, moving each foot alternately without touching the floor to create a fluttering effect. Do it for 30 seconds and slowly return to the original position.

 

The Leg Lifts

 

Lie down on your back and place your arms flat on the floor in the opposite sides of your body. Raise your legs off the floor followed by your hips to bring your legs up towards the ceiling. Slowly lower your legs back to the floor. Repeat the movement for 30 seconds. Do as many leg lifts as you can within that time frame.

 

The Side Squat Reach

 

Stand up and place yourself into a wide squat with your knees bent and your feet turned out. Ensure that your bent knees do not go beyond your toes.  Keep your upper body straight and push out of your squat to raise your right arm and reach over your left side. Bring down your right arm and go back to squat position. Perform the same movement with your left arm and reach over to your right side. Repeat the side-to-side motion for one minute.

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