5-minute rock-hard tummy

Go from fat to flat with this stomach-slimming, waistline-trimming workout.

TORSO TRIMMER

Stand with your feet a little more than shoulder-width apart, toes turned out as in a plie position.

Bend your knees to a 45-degree angle. Keep your derriere tucked under. (Your feet should be far enough apart that your knees do not extend past your ankles.)

Lace your fingers behind your head extending your elbows out to the sides.

Exhale and bend sideways to the right from the waist. Try to touch your right elbow to your right knee. (Don’t bend too far it bothers your back.)

Return to the left. Try to touch your left elbow to your left knee.

Return to center.

Continue bending from side to side for 60 seconds. Remember to breathe and keep your derriere tucked under. Bend straight to the side; don’t hunch.

Benefits: Trims and tones the sides of your waist, helps get rid of any love handles at the back of your waist.

FRONT TUMMY TIGHTENER

Lie on your back on a carpet or mat, with both knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

Raise your left foot placing it on your right knee. Relax your left knee out to the side.

Place your fingertips behind your ears, press your elbows back. Press the small of your back against the floor.

Lift your head and shoulders slowly off the floor – no more than 4 inches or so – use your abdominal muscles. Keep your chin up and your eyes fixed on the ceiling. Exhale through your mouth as you fit – don’t hold your breath.

Hold for 15 seconds.

Isn’t a flat firm tummy worth 5 minutes of your day?

Lower yourself to the floor, one vertebra at a time.

Relax.

Switch legs and repeat.

Benefit: Works your entire abdominal region, including the rectus abdominis, the long muscle running vertically along the abdominal wall from your chest bone to your pubic bone.

SIDE TUMMY TRIMMER

Lie on your back on a carpet or mat, knees bent, feet flat on the floor.

Lace your fingers behind your head pressing your elbows back.

Raise your right foot and place it on your left knee.

Slowly raise your head and shoulders from the floor. Exhale and twist to the right from your waist. Try to touch your left elbow to your right knee. Keep your right elbow on the floor. (Don’t fret if you can’t touch your knee; reaching toward it works your tummy muscles plenty.)

Slowly lower your head and shoulders to the floor.

Continue lifting, twisting, and lowering for 30 seconds.

Release

Switch sides and repeat, twisting your right elbow to your left knee.

Benefits: Tones and strengthens your internal and external obliques, the muscles along the sides and front of your abdomen; trims your waistline.

REVERSE SIT-UPS

Lie on your back on a carpet or mat, knees bent.

Place your arms at your sides, palms down. (If your back needs support, tuck your hands under your buttocks.)

Bring your knees up and in toward your chin. Use your abdominal muscles. Your buttocks will come off the floor as your pelvis tucks up.

Lower your buttocks to the floor but keep your legs up and your knees bent.

Continue to raise and lower your buttocks as often as you can for a full minute, pull your knees as close to your chin as possible. Use your abdominals; don’t rely on momentum.

Benefits: Strengthens your lower abdominals, helps diminish a protruding tummy.

TOTAL TUMMY SLIMMER

Lie on your back on a carpet or mat, knees bent.

Press the small of your back to the floor.

Bring your right knee to your chest, grasp the knee with both hands; keep your elbows out to the sides. (If you have knee problems, grasp behind your thigh). Extend your left leg straight out, a couple of inches off the floor. Don’t arch your spine.

Lift your head and shoulders off the floor, contracting your abdominal muscles.

Switch legs – bend your left, extend your right.

Continue to alternate legs for a full minute. Keep your head, shoulders and heels off the floor the entire time. Press the small of your back to the floor.

Relax.

Note: Be careful with this one if you have neck or shoulder problems.

Benefits: Tones your abdominal muscles, fights teddy-bear tummy.

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