Are you having trouble toning up that pesky lower belly pooch? With swimsuit season fast approaching now is the time to get out of the winter funk and get working on the bikini bod.
These 3 exercises target the hard to tone lower belly, so you’ll be rocking that swimsuit at the first sign of warm weather.
Yes it’s hard, but it really does work in using your own body weight to tone up and strengthen the core. Start by getting into regular plank position. Make sure to keep your back straight, tummy tight and most of all remember to breath. Bring your right knee inwards toward your chest then return to plank position. Repeat with the left leg. Continue alternating both legs. You want to aim to do this exercise for 10 to 20 seconds per repetition.
Static Leg Raise
Lay down with your back and legs flat on the floor. Tighten your tummy muscles. Keep your legs straight and lift them 5 to 6 inches off the floor. Hold them there for as many seconds as your can. Remember to breath. Gently lower, rest, then repeat. To make it easier you can place your hands under your bottom.
Start by laying flat on the floor with your arms by your side with palms down. Tighten up the abs and bend your knees ever so slightly. Lift your legs 3 to 4 inches from the floor and make short up and down scissor movements with your legs – similar to if you were doing swimming in the backstroke position. You can also alternate by moving your legs across one another side to side. Make sure to keep the midsection tightened up and your back flat against the floor. Aim for three sets of 20 seconds.
Remember to stick to repetitions that feel right for your body. Start off slowly and work your way up. Keeping your core section tightened up not only through these exercises, but also throughout the day will help tone up the muscles of this pesky region.