4 Fab Tips for a F-ab-ulous Tummy

These easy, belly-busting exercises trim your waistline and strengthen your core.

Abdominal Curls: Step 1

Having a flat tummy has been a lifelong pursuit for us, too. But there’s no time like the present to start adopting some fast, new moves.

  • Ab curls: Start by lying on your back and bending your knees in a 90-degree angle. Keep your arms at your side, slightly rounded, with palms facing your body. Inhale, then exhale and lift your head, neck and upper shoulders off the floor (look at your knees), and raise your arms to hip level. Inhale and raise your arms overhead by your ears, then exhale and sweep your arms out in a circular motion, back to hip level. Do 12 reps, keeping your head raised the entire time.
  • Knee ups: Find any sturdy elevated surface (a bench, a curb, a stair, etc; the higher the step, the greater the challenge). Step up with right foot, lifting left knee toward chest. Step down with left foot, then right. Repeat 15 times, then switch feet. Continue for 2two minutes.
  • Drink green tea: Several studies show that green tea leads to decreases in body fat, especially in the abdominal area. Subjects in one study exercised and drank two or more cups per day lost six6 times more belly fat than those who drank none.
  • Torso twists: Sitting with your knees bent, feet on floor and hands on your hips, draw your abdominals in. Lean back slightly and soften your back, making a slight C-shape with your torso. (The farther you lean back, the more challenging the exercise.) Next, rotate your entire torso (not just your shoulders), starting at your hips, to your right side. Return to the center, then turn to the left. Return to center and repeat for 20 to 30 seconds.