Conventional ab exercises get results, but let’s face it, after a while…they’re boring.
To help you rock a flat belly, here are some fun ways to tone your belly at your desk, when waiting in line, even while cooking!
Doing movements and exercises that work your abs for a minute at a time just 10 times a day can result in a firmer stomach within a week. Here are five impossibly easy ways to tone your core and flatten your belly—fast.
1. Do This 2-Second Posture Check
Make your abs look flatter instantly by changing your posture. When you’re standing and waiting in line, drop your tailbone and pull the hip bones up as if you’re trying to connect your hips to your rib cage.
This pulls in and flattens out the belly. Keep your tailbone slightly tucked under to take pressure off your lower back while you walk. This also makes your stomach appear flatter.
2. Stay Balanced
Sitting on an exercise ball at your desk may help you focus and power through your workload. Some studies found that when balls replaced chairs in classrooms, students had an easier time paying attention to their teachers and focusing on their schoolwork.
When you sit on or lie across a stability ball, you engage all the muscles in your core to keep yourself supported. A proper fit will help you work your way to a toned body with better posture, more-defined abs, and a healthy spine with less back pain.
Here’s a guide to help you find the perfect ball size for your height:
- Under 4’6″ / 30-cm (12 inch) ball
- 4’6″ to 5’0″ / an 18 inch ball
- 5’1″ to 5’7″ / 55-cm (22 inch) ball
- 5’8″ to 6’2″ / 65-cm (26 inch) ball
- Over 6’2″ / 75-cm (30″) ball.
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3. Hoop It Up (Hula, that is)
Hula hoops aren’t just for the playground. Even Michelle Obama has been spotted hooping with her daughters. Adult-size fitness hoops are weighted to up their belly-flattening power and make them easier to twirl. Here’s how to do it: