It’s true what they say that melting off those abdominal fats are a real pain in the neck. And which particular area of the midsection is the most challenging to slim down? The lower part, that is!
Doing cardio is the best way to eliminate stubborn fats in the tummy region, including the most uncooperative ones found below the bellybutton. While zapping flab through regular aerobics, it’s also a good idea to tone up the muscles in the lower abdominal area to enjoy noticeable results faster.
The following are some of the best exercises for the lower abs:
Lie on your back on the floor and place your hands under your buttocks. Contract the muscles in your belly and raise your legs until they are perpendicular to the floor — this is the starting position. While maintaining the straightness of your legs, lift your hips about a couple of inches off the floor. Hold it for about half a second then slowly lower your hips. Do it 12 to 15 times, rest for a minute then do another set.
This exercise for the lower abdominal muscles requires you to lie on your back on the floor. Stretch your arms out to your sides for support. Raise your legs and bend the knees so that the lower legs are parallel to the floor. Tighten those belly muscles and try to bring your knees close to your chest by lifting your buttocks off the floor. Pause for half a second and go back to the starting position. Do reverse crunches 12 to 20 times.
Hanging Leg Raises
Good upper body strength is necessary for this particular exercise. With your hands about shoulder-width apart, hang from a pull-up bar. Contract your abdominal muscles and raise your legs until they’re parallel to the floor. Remember to keep your back straight at all times and refrain from swinging your body to leave much of the work to the lower belly’s muscles. After half a second, go back to the starting position. Do it 10 to 20 times.
Abdominal V Holds
To perform this exercise, it’s a good idea to use a mat. Lie on it on your back. With your palms facing down, place both arms on your sides to act as support as you assume a V pose. Lift your legs and upper body at the same time, until they’re about 45 degrees to the floor. Take your hands off the floor, tighten your core muscles and maintain that position for about 30 seconds. Rest and do a couple more.
Exercise Ball Lifts
This particular exercise for those stubborn lower abdominal fats requires an exercise ball. Lie on your back on the floor with an exercise ball between your feet. Place your arms on your sides or under your buttocks, depending on your preference. While tightening the belly muscles, lift the exercise ball off the floor by raising your legs until they’re perpendicular to the rest of your body. Return to the starting position. Do this 12 to 20 times.