Show Your Lower Belly Who’s the BOSS!
The lower belly can often be a difficult area to tone. Don’t be discouraged! There are several exercises that can target core muscle groups and tighten your lower abdomen.
Most good abdominal workouts include at least one plank exercise. Plank exercises develop abdominal muscles, and also strengthen the back and shoulders, affecting your posture. A straight posture pulls in your stomach, making it appear flatter. A rolling plank begins in a typical plank position, but you’ll then rotate to one side into a side plank and hold for ten seconds, then switch to the other in order to tone your obliques as well.
A Mountain climber exercise is great for your lower abdominal muscles because your core has to work hard to keep you stable. It also targets your hamstrings and quads, as well as your gluteus. You will be working each of these muscles as you bring your knee to the opposite elbow. Performing cross-body mountain climbers will certainly make you feel accomplished when you’ve completed a few!
Roll-Ups make your deep psoas muscle work hard. The psoas is found in your stomach and attaches to your spine. It is part of your body’s hip flexor muscle group. When you perform a roll-up, you’ll lie flat on your back with your legs together and roll gently yet powerfully upward until you are sitting up with your forehead close to your knees. Since you will be rolling up one vertebra at a time, you will work your deep core muscles through the entirety of this move. This sit up strengthens the psoas and improves posture as well.