Tips and Tricks to Having a Flat Tummy Year-Round
Written by: Ankanee Lagunarajan
Finding time to work out with a busy schedule can be hard and honestly it’s such a pain. It’s hard to prioritize working out and trying to stay fit when there are other things that need my attention like work. I used to tend to slack off during the year and haul my ass to the nearest gym when summer time rolls around ‘cuz that’s when the “beach bod” that we all like to pretend that we have all year round needs to makes an appearance. Recently though, for the past couple of years, I’ve started to make time for short workouts throughout my day so that I stay fit and when “beach body” season comes around, I don’t have to work so hard to get the body that I want.
Honestly thought, staying fit and getting a flat stomach shouldn’t only be for the summer and the beach scene. Having a toned stomach and doing simple exercises year-round makes life so much easier when I finally want to get my bikini out. Working out throughout the year – especially with work – can be challenging but I think that having a set work out regiment can actually help with time management. Working a 9-5 desk job can be boring and can tire your body out, and experts recommend that you get up and stretch your body out anyways so why not squeeze in a quick workout too? It can also give you a much needed break for your mind while your body starts to finally work after hours of sitting in place.
I’ve chatted with some experts (AKA some gym friends) and I’ve come up with some simple and quick circuits that you can do to maintain that body year-round. They also don’t require any equipment so no more excuses! All you gotta do is find a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted (or you interrupt someone else) and get to it. I have two different workouts so if one of them doesn’t work for you, then go ahead and try the other. These workouts should take less than 5 to 10 minutes so it’s super easy and fast!
· Full plank (1 minute)
· Elbow plank (30 seconds)
· Raised leg plank (30 seconds each side)
· Side plank (30 seconds each side)
· Full plank (30 seconds)
· Elbow plank (1 minute)
· Leg raises (20 reps)
· Crunches (20 reps)
· Russian Twists (10 reps)
· Reverse crunch (20 reps)
· Leg raises (20 reps)
You can do just one or both if you’d like. Finding the best match for you and your schedule is the priority and you should go from there. The workouts are also very flexible so if you need to cut something out or add more to challenge yourself, then go ahead! Working out is also a stress reliever so if you need a break from your computer screen or long lectures, then take a quick break and try to stretch out your body while working to get your body toned.
Also, quick reminder that doing these exercises will definitely help keep in shape but maintaining a balanced diet is also key. So, keep on keepin’ on and go get that toned body!
Ankanee Lagunarajan | @ankaneee
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