You can do our 10-minute tummy-toning workout in front of the TV, so no excuses!
Waist-whittling exercises that will help streamline your midriff
1. The plank
Lie face down on the floor resting on your forearms. Slowly push off the floor, rising up onto your toes, resting on your forearms. Make sure that your back remains flat, in a straight line from head to heels, and contract your abdominal muscles to prevent your bottom from sticking up in the air. Hold for 30 seconds, relax down and repeat two to three times.
2. Lying double leg raises
Lie on your side with legs straight, toes pointed. Pull in your stomach then lift both legs a few centimetres off the ground and slowly lower down. Try not to bend at the waist. Imagine your belly button pressing into your spine to work deep abdominals. Try 12 on each side.
Sit on the floor with legs bent in front of you and feet flat on the floor. Rest hands on the backs of your thighs. Pull your stomach in and slowly roll back towards the floor, stopping after a few centimetres. Hold for 10 seconds, keeping your tummy pulled in. Repeat, moving a little further towards the floor. Keep going until a) your feet come off the floor, b) you start to shake, or c) you feel anything in your lower back. Repeat this whole exercise three times.
4. Straight-leg flutter kick
Lie on your back with hands under bum and both feet 15cm off ground. Keeping legs straight, flutter-kick feet for a count of 30. Rest for 30 seconds and repeat.
Lie on your back with legs bent, arms folded behind head. Curl forward before extending your left leg out in front of you, then keeping elbows wide, rotate torso towards the bent right knee, so your left armpit is reaching towards the knee. Switch sides and extend the right leg, rotating your upper body towards the left knee. Do 10 on each side.
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