Whether it's a slimmer waistline you're after or you're dreaming of the next summer vacation, having a flat stomach has many health benefits, including increased self confidence and better posture. You can reduce a stomach pouch above the belly button with hard work and the right exercises that focus specifically on building abdominal strength and tightening the core.
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Things you need
- Exercise mat
Lay on your stomach on the exercise mat, positioning your body in the "plank" position with your body in a straight elevated position facing the floor. Distribute all of your weight on the toes and forearms while lifting your body off the ground while tightening the abdominal muscles and buttocks. Keep your back straight with your head down. Hold this position for 45 seconds for five repetitions. This exercise targets the entire abdominal muscle group.
Lie down on your back on the exercise mat. Place your arms aside your body. Crunch down on the stomach muscles with your back flat on the ground. Slowly elevate both legs as high as you can. The knees should be bent at a slight angle. It's important to keep the knees from locking. Slowly lower them to an inch above the floor and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times for three repetitions. When performed properly, these leg raises work out the entire abdominal muscle.
Lay flat on your back on the incline bench with your feet resting on the end that is elevated higher than your head. Thrust your torso forward toward your legs, while engaging the stomach muscles. Control your abs with slow and steady motions. Lower your body back to the starting position. Executing control builds up resistance. Repeat these incline crunches 10 times for three repetitions. This exercise specifically puts extra stress on the region above the belly button due to the incline.
Practice seated knee-ups for specific engagement of your upper abdominals. Position yourself on the edge of a chair. Lean your weight back and use the edge of the chair for support. Lift your legs toward your chest slowly. Do this 25 times for three repetitions.
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