The keys to successfully losing weight in your abdominal area are diet and exercise. To develop an impressive set of Six Pack Abs requires you to eat foods that will help burn belly fat not build it and focusing exercises that tone the muscles in the abdominal area. There are hundreds of exercises you can perform to work your abdominal muscles but I am only going to cover the most effective fat burning exercises that are simple and can be done at home without having to visit your local gym. Here is a list of the best belly toning exercises you can do at home.
V SIT-UPS – are simple and very effective at toning your abdominal muscles. Begin by laying flat on your back with your arms extended over your head. Bring up your torso and legs at the same time forming a V with your body. Make sure and keep your legs and arms straight when performing this exercise. Perform this exercise at a slow steady pace. If you would like to add a measure of difficulty to this exercise try holding a weight between your feet.
SIT UPS – are the old standard sit-up we have been doing since we were kids. Lay flat on your back with your feet flat and your knees bent. Interlock your fingers and place the palm of your hands behind your head. The palms of your hands should be touching your ears. Or, another version is to cross your arms across your chest. Both work fine. Slowly raise your back off the floor and bring your elbows to your knees if you have your hands behind your head or reach towards your knees with your chin if your have your arms crossed over your chest. You can increase the difficulty of this exercise by again using weights, performing it on an incline or lifting your feet off the ground while doing the movement. The modified sit-up may be difficult for some people but it is a great exercise for developing a nice set of six-pack abs.
LEG LIFTS – begin this exercise on your back with legs straight and hands at your sides. Lift up both of your legs keeping your ankles touching throughout the entire motion. Make sure and do not bend your knees while doing this exercise and continue to lift your legs until they are at a ninety-degree angle or a close as possible. Lower your legs as slowly as possible and stop close to the floor without actually touching it. Repeat this motion several times and your stomach muscles will be burning. You can increase the challenge of this exercise by adding weights to the legs while lifting them.
CRUNCHES – are similar to sit-ups but with less movement. Lying one the floor cross your arms across your chest or place your hands behind your head. My people like to place their hands behind their head but for me personally that tends to put more stress on my lower back causing pain. Try both methods and use whichever is most comfortable for you. Make sure and do not pull on your head if your place your hands on or behind your head. This could injure your neck. Suck in your abdomen towards your spine and raise your shoulders upwards an inch or two off the floor using only your abdominal muscles. Do not lift your entire back off the floor just your shoulders. This could cause strain or injury. Just do short repetitive lifts bringing your shoulders a couple inches off the floor. The key to making this exercise pay off is the continued flexing of the abdominal muscles as you lift your shoulders off the floor. As your shoulders leave the floor, exhale through your mouth. Lower your shoulders back to the point where the shoulders just touch the floor while inhaling.
These four exercises along with a reasonable diet will have a dramatic impact on your efforts to build those perfect six pack abs. Be consistent and your efforts will pay off big time.
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