If you ask any woman what their trouble areas are, many will respond by saying the stomach - specifically lower abdominal muscles. Working the ab muscles seems harder than other parts the body, but in fact, it just takes time and dedication to get the ab muscles the way you've always wanted. Unfortunately, it's not possible to spot treat any area of the body. In order to have flat abs, you must incorporate cardio activity and a healthy diet, in addition to ab exercises, to get a toned middle. Whether you're a beginner or you are just looking for something new to do to your abdominal muscles here are a few basic ways to improve your stomach muscles:
Change your diet - As we mentioned before, it's not possible to get rock hard abs by doing 1,000 crunches every day. Chiseled abs is a product of exercise and a healthy diet, so the first thing you need to do is adopt a healthier menu - including lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. Avoid soda and other junk food, and eat fresher, more natural products.
Incorporate cardio activity - Incorporating at least 30 minutes of cardio everyday will help melt fat around the entire body, especially the stomach. For your abdominal muscles to show, you need to lose the fat around your middle. Cardio activities such as interval walking, jogging or swimming will help torch calories and burn fat from the entire body. As you lose fat, strength training will help define your muscles to give you an overall toned look over time.
Work your abdominal muscles - As you know, traditional crunches work the upper abdominal muscles, but the best way to talk your lower abs is to do reverse crunches, or decline bench crunches. Reverse crunches are easy to do anywhere - lean back, as you would do regular crutches and instead of using your upper body, bring your lower body up so that your knees come in towards your face. Do reverse crunches or reverse oblique twists in three sets of 12 every other day.
I've never been a fan of abdominal exercises, but the one way I started to enjoy such exercises is using a balance ball. A balance ball engages all of the muscle in your abdomen and takes the pressure off your neck when exercising. Incorporate lower abdominal exercises in with your daily routine of eating healthy and a cardio activity to help tone your stomach in just a few short weeks.