If you want to achieve a flat and toned tummy, try these exercises that are great for giving you strong and toned abs as well as getting rid of love handles! Stomach crunches are perfect for toning the abdominal area. To begin, lay on the floor with your knees bent. Place your hands, one beneath the other, behind your head. Do not clasp your fingers. Slowly lift your shoulders off the floor approximately three inches and hold for a count of three and then slowly lower your shoulders to the floor. Repeat these steps for two sets of 20 repetitions.
The obliques are the muscles that run on the outer edge of your waist and are also known as the love handles. Oblique exercises are a great way to tone the love handles and give you a trim waistline. The best way to perform oblique exercises is to lay on the floor with your knees bent and your feet off the floor, but with your calves parallel to the floor. Extend your right arm out to the side and place your left hand beneath your head. Slowly raise your shoulders from the floor and curl your left shoulder toward the right knee. Hold for a count of three and then lower to the floor. Repeat 15 times and then change sides. Do 2 sets for best results.
For an increased benefit in toning tums, lie on the floor with your arms raised and extended above your head and your legs stretched out. Slowly left your legs and raise your arms up and hold for a count of three; then lower to the starting position. Do two sets of 12 repetitions.
To strengthen your core, pull your navel into your spine and tighten your tums with each repetition.