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Fat-Burning Workouts For a Flat Tummy You Can Do Anywhere (Includes Workout Download)

Just about everyone seems to want a flatter tummy, but if you are only dieting and losing weight, you may still be left with a little pouch (this is quite normal by the way). The best way to target this is to do specific workouts that target the right areas and tone flabby skin.

 

Fat-Burning Workouts For a Flat Tummy You Can Do Anywhere (Includes Workout Download)
Fat-Burning Workouts For a Flat Tummy You Can Do Anywhere (Includes Workout Download)

The following home workouts are perfect for anyone wanting a flatter, more toned tummy, but better than that, they can be performed just about anywhere. All you need is a bit of space, a yoga mat (optional) and water bottle. Personally, I like to involve my kids in this workout for heaps of giggles. Let them be not just your motivation, but your mini drill sergeants! Yep, I give mine that special power to push me harder than I might push myself.


Equipment Needed


Comfortable Workout Attire


It's best if you invest in a set of workout clothes that make you feel good and are suitable for your exercise routine. Choose some that are easy to move in, and are bright and cheerful to look at to boost your motivation.


Exercise Mat


While you don't necessarily need any equipment for this workout, a soft and comfortable exercise mat will provide you with support during floor exercises. Choose a mat that stays put so you don't slip around and can safely transition from one position to another. Again, its nice to invest in a beautiful mat that helps you feel motived and gives you something pretty or fun to look at while working out.


Interval Timer

For some workouts, you may need an interval timer. This helps you count down between reps and rounds, and is an excellent tool for HIIT-style workouts. You can download a free interval timer app from Apple Store on your smartphone to keep better manage your interval workouts.


Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is crucial during your workout, so keep a water bottle nearby.


Choose a space to workout in that is free of clutter and will allow you the freedom to move around freely. If you are working out on a tiled surface, I suggest you try this bare-foot so you don't slip around. If you choose to workout outside, remember sunscreen, and keep hydrated throughout.



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Fat-Burning Workouts For a Flat Tummy


The effectiveness of any workout depends on the intensity of the exercises, the consistency in which you practise, and your individual fitness goals. So, I am challenging your to try this workout (or mix it up with others) for the next 30 days. A workout like this one, can provide you with noticeable benefits when done consistently. Most of us could spare 10-15 minutes, if we felt motivated. Therefore, you really have no excuses not to give this quick home workout a go!


REMEMBER: always listen to your body and modify any exercises as needed. Within just seven minutes, you'll be pleasantly surprise to learn that yes you can really workout (and effectively) from the comfort of your own home.


Side Plank


You may be familiar with the standard plank from yoga or Pilates. The variations of the plank make it a great exercise for all ages and abilities, but also for raising your heart rate and burning fat. Performing this move you will work the muscles of your core, arms and legs.


I'll be honest, the side plank isn’t the easiest move to pull off, but with a little practice (and giggles) you'll master good form and be able to reap the benefits. The more often you do it, the stronger you will become around the entire girdle, or torso area. Even mucking about in a practice session, you are working the core muscles that burn fat and flatten your tummy, so keep at this one!


How To Do The Exercise | Sets: 1-2 with 5-15 Repetitions


The side plank is done by lying on one side and resting on your elbow or an extended arm. Place your opposite hand on your other shoulder or on the hip. Hold this position for a few seconds, then switch to the other side. The aim is to be able to hold this position for 10-30 seconds before switching sides. Breathe. Do not be discouraged if you find this challenging; keep at it aiming to beat your PB each time you do the exercise. Breathe deeply and really focus on your form. It's almost as if you were a plank of wood; the better hold your form straight the more deeply you will work the muscles.


TRAINER'S TIP: The side plank is a great one to master. From here, you can add in leg lifts, side reaches and ab crunches; even weights.


Crocodile Drag


This will have you and the kids doing more laughing than exercise. It's not exactly a plank, but it does work just as many muscles and is perfect for melting that baby belly. As you perform this exercise, you will working out your entire core, plus you'll work on your upper and lower body muscles at the same time. You do need a good amount of ground space, as you are going to be moving ahead of you, so get outside in the backyard, on a tiled patio or even down your hallway.


How To Do The Exercise | Sets: 1-2 with 10-25 Repetitions


You will need something to help you slide across the floor, like a plastic bag, paper plates or your gym towel. To perform drop into a full pushup position with hands on the ground, and resting on your toes. Place the plastic/plates/towel securely under your feet. You are going to walk using just your hand and slide forward, then "walk" backward.


It's helpful to pretend you have no use of your legs, this is core engagement and an upper body workout but it's very taxing on the body. Start forward, dragging your feet (which should slide easily across the ground) for up to a few car lengths (or ad afar as you can go). Then, push backward really engaging the core as you slide yourself back to the starting position.


TRAINER'S TIP: Using sliders under your feet or hands is a great way to exercise on flat surfaces in ways that engage the core and challenge your stabiliser muscles.



Reverse Plank


Think of a gymnast as you practice this one. This move is similar to a plank but with a few modifications that help to work more muscles.


The reverse plank is sometimes referred to as a "plank hover". Instead of facing the ground or side, you do this plank facing up. It is a great move to try in sequence with other forms of the plank to get a balanced, full body workout.


How To Do The Exercise | Sets: 1-2 with 5-15 Repetitions


Start by sitting on the ground with your feet facing forward, legs outstretched. Put your hands on the ground at your sides and try to lift your body up to where your hips are a little bit off the ground. Keep your feet on the floor and lift your hips as high as you can maintaining straight legs. The move looks kind of like a backward pushup or high plank.


Hold the position, hips off the floor, for a few seconds and then release. Try this for a few repetitions, then working up to 15 or more as you get stronger.


TRAINER'S TIP: Good form is key so don't add more repetitions until you can nail each lift perfectly. Even do a few reps perfectly is more effective at burning fat and tiring muscles than banging off a heap with sloppy form. Always se sure to engage the right target muscles and with care.


After you have tried the above exercises and become familiar with them, create a mini workout yo do while on the road, holidays or just when you are short on time. Add in some other exercise that you love to make a full circuit of between 8-10 exercises and see how often you can beat you PB (personal best). A simple timer on your iPhone can make the above suggestions into an simple interval workout. Time yourself and up the intensity.


Try adding the above suggestions to your current lifestyle. I always recommend that clients choose physical activities that they actually enjoy doing. This gives you more chance of sticking with it and seeing success.


Emma Lisa, Personal Trainer

Emma Lisa, Nutritionist & Personal Trainer
Emma Lisa is a Nutritionist & Women's Health Practitioner with a Certificate III + IV in Fitness and Personal Training from Sydney, Australia. She is a published cookbook author, passionate lifestyle blogger, and advocate for women's health and anti-diet culture. When she's not in clinic, Emma is mum to five kids, in her test kitchen and a wellness digital creator.
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Emma Lisa xx

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