Posted on May 18, 2018 by Josh Puttock

Dieting and exercise go hand in hand, and many people seem to forget this when trying to work on certain parts of the body. Adding a minimum of half an hour of exercise to a daily routine, alongside a healthy diet, is what will bring results.

If trying to target and reduce belly fat, the same rule applies. Exercise and a good diet is what’s needed when toning up that stomach area. So, take a look at our pick of exercises that will help you improve your abs quickly.

Abdominal crunch 

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart
  • Place your hands behind your head
  • The movement begins by curling the shoulders towards the pelvis
  • Do 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions

Reverse crunch

  • Lie face up on the floor with your palms facing down. with your knees bent
  • Lift your feet off the floor, raising your knees directly above your hips while maintaining a 90-degree bend in the knees, use your arms as a supporter
  • Slowly raise your hips off the mat, rolling your spine up as if trying to bring your knees towards your head contracting your abdominals and exhale
  • Gently inhale and lower your spine back towards the mat in a controlled fashion
  • Do 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions

Leg raise

  • Lie on your back, legs straight and together
  • Place your hands either under your glutes with your palms down
  • Keep your legs extended, as straight as possible, with knees slightly bent
  • Raise your legs to make a 90-degree angle with the floor and exhale
  • As you inhale, slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position
  • Do 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions

Bicycle exercise

  • Lie on the floor with your lower back flat on the ground
  • Place your hands behind your head, bring your knees in towards your chest and lift your shoulder blades off the ground
  • Bring your right elbow towards the left knee, making sure your rib cage is moving with your elbow
  • Do the same things to the other side
  • Do 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions

Walking/running/cycling/jogging/swimming

  • There are a number of cardiovascular benefits
  • Weight loss can occur with these activities if enough calories are burned
  • Your muscles tone up and become stronger
  • Do it 2 to 3 times a week to receive benefits

By Ovuis Almuhaisen, Gym & Spa Operative