Shape.com promotes this exercise because it targets EVERY ab muscle you have. Lie on your back with arms and legs extended so your body creates an ‘X’ shape. Inhaling and drawing your belly button to the ground, lift legs and hips up and over your head while bringing your upper body and arms up past them. Repeat 20 times.
#2 Twisted Sit-ups
A dance class favorite, these altered sit-ups incorporate your entire abdominal region, including your obliques.
#3 Knee Tuck
Shape.com likes this exercise for it’s ability to target your “pooch” area. Start on your back with your knees bent, arms stretched overhead with palms facing the ceiling. Raise hips up and open knees, bringing them into your underarms. Exhale and return to starting position. Do 20 reps.
#4 The Cobra
This yoga pose engages your abs as well as gives you a great stretch! Lie face-down on the ground and place your hands on the ground, then lift your head, neck, shoulders, abs, and finally hips off the ground and hold this stretch for 30 seconds to 1 minute. If you look like a cobra then you’re doing it right!
#5 Stand Up Straight!
We know we know, your busy schedule doesn’t always allow you to try all these gut-blasting workouts. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still work towards a flatter stomach while you’re at work or on your commute! Sitting up straight, walking upright and breathing deeply are all great ways to help flatten your abs.