People are shaped differently and fat can accumulate unevenly on the body. For example, some ladies might be slim but still have a pronounced lower belly even with a healthy diet and exercise.
Fashion and fitness YouTuber April Han faced the same issue and she created a simple 5-minute home workout that helped her get a flat and toned belly.
Keep reading to find out more!
April noticed that even though she has a svelte figure, she has a protruding lower stomach starting from under the belly button. Even when she's activating her core muscles and sucking it in, the rounded shape of her stomach remains pronounced.
Cue her beginner-friendly lower abs workout with no exercise equipment needed! It will only take 5 minutes and can be done in the comfort of home.
#1 Leg extensions
Lie on your back with knees bent. Lower your leg until your heel lightly touches the floor and lift back up. Repeat on both legs for 40 seconds.
Pull in your belly button and keep your toes pointed and back straight at all times.
#2 Heel lifts
Lie on your back with hands under your bottom and knees together and bent.
Lower both feet until your heels lightly touch the floor and lift back up. Repeat for 40 seconds. Engage your core throughout the workout and keep your back straight.
If you're having difficulty with this step, start with your feet positioned closer to you and gradually move them further away.
#3 Toe taps
Keep your back and thighs in a v shape with your knees together and bent. Lower your feet to tap your heels on the floor and lift back up. Repeat for 40 seconds. Keep your back straight and your core tightened.
To make this workout even more effective, keep your back and thighs closer to the floor to form a wider v-shaped angle.
#4 Hip lifts
Lie on your back and keep your arms crossed against your body to avoid using your upper body strength.
With knees and heels together, use your core muscles to lift your hips and point your feet upwards, then extend your legs forward. Repeat for 40 seconds.
#5 Ankle reach
Get in a traditional sit-ups position but with your legs lifted and bent at the knees.
Reach out with your hand to touch your ankle at the opposite side. Repeat with the other hand and continue for 35 seconds. Do a few crunches with for 5 seconds.
Make sure to use your core muscles and avoid straining your neck.
#6 Planking hip twist taps
Get in to a planking position and twist your hips to tap the sides on the floor lightly. Repeat for 40 seconds.
Make sure your body isn't too low or high, it should look like a straight line. Use your abs strength to keep your body up rather than your arms.
April followed this exercise routine for 14 days with no other workouts or diet change and it made her stomach flatter and more toned.
Check out her video here:
P.S. if your belly is a food baby rather than fat, here are some tips to get rid of this post-meal bloating caused by excess gas production, water retention or slow digestion.
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