Summer is coming and you just noticed your tummy sticking out in front of you. If you would like to learn how to tone your tummy without using sit ups and crunches then keep reading. Sit ups and crunches are ok but they are not the best for developing and toning or tightening your midsection.
Working your core on an exercise or Pilates ball will firm and tone your tummy in a short amount of time. Even though you are still firming up it wont feel like it when you are doing simple moves like planks and side planks to get the job done.
If you are not familiar with a plank it is basically a push up but without doing the push up and your resting on your forearms instead of up on your hands.
To perform a plank properly get in a push up position and then keeping your body rigid instead of holding yourself on your hands place your forearms on the floor and hold that position keeping your body as straight as possible for as long as possible. It seems like a simple task but if you just tried it you will find that after the 30 second to 1 minute mark it starts to get hard if you have never done them before. Over a period of weeks work your way up to holding yourself in the plank position for up to 5 minutes. If you can hold for 5 minutes you will have a very firm midsection.
The side plank helps to strengthen your core as does the regular plank with the added benefit of this exercise adding stress to your obliques on the side of your torso and getting them to strengthen and tone up.
To perform this exercise you can start in the regular plank position but then roll up on your right forearm turning your body so that the right side of your body is facing the ground and your left side is facing the ceiling. As with the regular plank hold yourself as straight and as rigid as you can for as long as you can. Once you are done on your right side then roll onto your left forearm and perform a set for as long as you can on that side of your body.
These planks are simple to perform but very effective when it comes to strengthening your midsection.
If you start now and exercise your core at least 3 times a week you will have a firmer more toned tummy by summer.