6 exercises for flat abs

Celebrity trainer Jackie Warner shows six moves that will tone and flatten your stomach

flat abs slim woman

How to get started

“Your abdominal muscles support your body, so having a strong core is essential,” explains Warner, who agreed to share—and demonstrate—some of her favourite moves in a set of exercises exclusively designed for Best Health readers. She’s the proof they work—just check out these photos: What a body!

All six moves target your core muscles, including your rectus abdominis (front), internal and external obliques (side), transversus abdominis (interior) and erector spinae (lower back). Some will also tone your arms and legs.

Equipment: You will need a mat or large towel and one dumbbell (three to eight pounds, depending on your fitness level—beginners should start the program without using the weight).

Warm up your core: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Draw your arms up to prepare to “shadow box”—with your elbows tucked into your sides, and your hands in fists at shoulder height. Take right arm diagonally across body, punching toward the left side, and alternate sides for a few minutes. “This is a good way to connect with the muscles you are going to be working,” says Warner.

Stretch to cool down: Complete this workout by doing about five minutes of core stretching: Lie on your back, bring your knees into your chest, then drop them to the right side of your body while you extend your arms to the left side at shoulder height. Hold, and then switch sides. Repeat.

    1   ...   >>    

Related content:

Secrets to Staying Healthy & Happy

Ginger-Peach-Smoothie

Ginger-Peach Smoothie

What could possibly taste better right now than fresh peaches? They have such a delicious flavour it feels almost decadent to eat them, yet a small one has just 50 calories. We’ve blended up peaches with the smooth taste of rice drink and the zest of disease-fighting ginger. Enjoy!

chocolate_5

News: Dark chocolate could be good for your brain

If you eat dark chocolate for its health benefits, you’ll be happy to know there’s another reason (besides the fact that it’s delicious) to indulge in the daily treat.A new study, published in the journal Hypertension, found that eating dark chocolate every day may improve brain function in people with mild cognitive impairment.Full disclosure: Mars, […]

Cheesy cod and potato bake

Here’s a really simple supper dish of smoked cod with a crispy topping of sliced potatoes finished with cheese. Peas and leeks add vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Longchamp-Le-Pliage

Fashion Find: A chic packable tote

After putting together the piece in our September issue on "healthy" handbag styles (Lighten your load, pp. 42-44), I resolved to reevaluate the weight of the handbag I carry around everyday.The two bags I alternated between most frequently were either a thick leather purse with two shoulder-length handles, open across the top to allow more […]

Lee-Thomas-3

Vitiligo: What if your skin started changing colour?

  In Toronto we’re in the midst of one of the most glamourous times of the year’the Toronto International Film Festival. The town is teeming with celebs right now and reporters from all over the world have come to the Big Smoke to get the scoop on the stars and their latest films. Among the […]