Today, the most common weight-related problem that people face is the accumulation of fat around the abdomen which makes them uncomfortable. This is why they are constantly on the look-out for ways to get rid of it. Tummy fat deposits are often present in such amounts that are uneven when compared to the rest of the body and due to this reason; the abdominal area requires special attention. This means that you need to do exercises that put extra stress on the abdominal area.
When these exercises are done on a regular basis, they will strengthen and define your muscles. During such work-outs, you have to keep two essential things in mind, that is, nutrition and cardiovascular exercises. It is very important to eat fresh and healthy food and at the same time, boost your metabolism with cardio exercises. Sadly enough, you have to avoid consumption of junk food as much as possible and instead, eat protein rich and nutritious food.
The first thing that generally comes to mind when tummy exercises have to be performed, is to lie on the floor and do simple crunches but truth is that these are not very effective by themselves. Firstly, crunches will not show results during the initial stage. Secondly, crunches only work the abs in one movement pattern out of different abdominal functions, whereas other workouts can hit multiple muscle groups of the abdominal region. Therefore, you won’t able to achieve your goals merely by focusing on crunches.
Abdominal muscles consist of many small groups of muscles and each one benefits from a different exercise. Along with crunches, you should focus on other exercises, each emphasizing a different abdominal function. Therefore, you should start with basic crunches which will strengthen your upper abs by lying on the floor, placing your hands on the sides of your head, resting your feet on the floor with knees bent at an angle of 90 degree.
Only your stomach muscles should be used to lift your shoulder off the ground and up towards your knees.
Once you complete this movement, make sure you stress your stomach muscles before you go back to the normal position. Exhale while pulling up and inhale when you come back down. You should perform 3-4 sets with a small resting period in between each set and one set should consist of 15-30 crunches. Another excellent tummy exercise is known as reverse crunch which focuses on the lower abdomen muscles. In this exercise, all you have to do is lie on the floor, keep your hands flat beside your hips and bend your knees with your feet six inches above the ground. You should then pull your knees towards the rest of your body by using your abs and ultimately lift your bottom off the floor. 3-4 sets of these should be done and each set should consist of 15-30 crunches.
Finally, you can also do leg lifts by lying on your side and supporting your head with your fist and lifting your top leg up without moving rest of your body.