The lower abdomen is one of the most difficult areas of the body to tone, and especially for women, it is where fat accumulates the most. This is usually due to genetic disposition, hormonal problems, digestive problems, or poor posture.
Salud 360 shares three exercises that you can do from home, which will help you work your lower abdomen:
Lying on your back, raise both your legs fully extended, then lower them back down.
The idea is to use your lower abdomen to support the legs when lowering, and leave them extended hovering just above the ground. Raise your legs again in a controlled manner to create abdominal tension.
Lying on your back again with your legs bent at a 90-degree angle, you will begin by bringing your legs in towards your abdomen, and then lower them in the same manner without touching the floor. Repeat the movement, and you will feel the burn in the area of the lower abdomen that you want to work.
Lying front kicks:
Lying on the mat, bend your legs and kick forward with one leg. Return to the starting position then repeat with the other leg. The goal is to generate tension in the internal muscles of the lower abdomen to tone them.
- When performing the exercises, always keep your back flat on the mat and avoid arching the spine during the movements’ execution.
- To help posture and avoid lower back pain, you can place your hands under your buttocks for support.
- Perform 3 or 4 sets of 15 to 20 repetitions.
- Try to keep your lower abdomen tight when doing the exercises. Breathe in when you bring your legs toward your abdomen and breathe out when you do the leg-extending movements.
The content of this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.