10 tough core exercises to flatten your belly

  1. HIP LIFT

 

How to do:

  • Raise both legs up toward the ceiling so that they are perpendicular to your torso and steady yourself by extending your arms out away from your sides on the floor with your palms facing downwards. This is your starting position.
  • Inhale and pull your belly button in to your spine. Curl your hips toward your torso as you exhale, lifting your hips a few inches off the floor keeping your legs straight.
  • Breathe in as you slowly lower your hips to the ground. Repeat 10 times.

 

  1. REVERSE CRUNCHES

 

How to do:

  • Lie your back with your knees bent at 90 degrees.
  • With your palms facing down, place your arms by your sides for support. This is your starting position.
  • With abs contracted and your back pressed into the floor, curl your knees towards your chest as your exhale, your butt may also lift off the floor.
  • As you inhale, slowly and with control lower your legs until your feet almost touch the floor.

 

 

  1. 90-DEGREE STATIC PRESS

 

How to do:

  • Lie faceup with your knees and hips bent 90 degrees, feet flexed.
  • Extend your arms and press both palms on top of your thighs.
  • Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, brace your abs in tight, pressing your lower back against the floor as you push your thighs into your hands, pushing back against them (note: your legs should not move).
  • Hold for 1 count and then release. Do up to 3 sets of 10 repetitions in a row.