BEST LOWER ABS WORKOUT(VIDEO)

Traditional core exercises, like crunches or bicycle, are great for sculpting your upper abdominals and oblique’s. But they barely touch those pesky lower abs, making toning this trouble spot quite a challenge for most of us.

If you want to really flatten and sculpt your belly, you have to make sure you’re hitting every last inch of those hidden muscles. We asked fitness expert and certified personal trainer Kira Stokes(who has a six-pack most can only dream of) to show us some of her favorite moves for chiseling the lower abs.

The key? Put your legs and your brain into it. “Anytime you move your legs, you’re working your lower abdomen,” Stokes says, since they’re connected to the hip flexors. Unfortunately, most of us feel these exercises mainly in the hip flexor, which can take away from working the abs, not to mention be pretty uncomfortable. “The low abdomen takes so much mental focus,” she says. Putting your brain into the muscle group is key, by constantly focusing on your lower abs and making sure you feel them engaged in every move.

Before you go any further, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a classic plank position down pat, since many of these moves are based off it. To plank perfectly, Stokes instructs: prop yourself up on your feet and forearms, shoulders rolling down your back, squeezing the butt cheeks, drawing the navel in strongly. Be careful not to arch your back—your whole torso should stay in a straight line. Got it? Time to whip your tummy into bikini-body shape.

How much exercise is enough to lose weight?

The best time for training is around 45 to 60 minutes, but this changes from person to person and depending on how much weight you would like to lose.

Whenever you would like to lose weight, shoot for at least 200 minutes (more 3 hours) a week by moderate intensity workout with everything additional consistent. If you burn calories and exercise, you’ll be able to get away with a minimum dose of 150 minutes a week.

Whenever you are a beginner, start with 50 minutes of exercise a week and build to 200 minutes.

Here are 4 tips to help you bind to a weight loss workout and meet your goals:

  • Schedule your workout plans.
  • Log your steps
  • Don’t do too much, too fast.
  • Don’t turn water into wine

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