HAVE A BALL EXERCISING
The good old Swiss ball can still give your abs one hell of a workout. Get a sexy stomach with these tummy-tightening moves
Why? Tightening your tum means tightening the muscles around your midsection. Once you can sit unsupported on the ball your stomach will get tighter. How? Sit on a Swiss ball. Sit up straight by lifting your sternum away from your bellybutton. Have your feet flat and your thighs tilting down slightly towards your knees. Maintaining your posture and keeping your hips stable, engage your core and raise one foot off the ground. Hold with control for a few seconds, place your foot down softly, then switch legs. When you get the hang of this, try sitting on the ball with both feet off the ground (pictured). Sets and reps: 3-5 sets of balancing for 30 seconds.
Rollaways (with hold)
Why? While the cross-over sit-ups (left) flex your abs and give them definition, these are all about posture and give your abs shape. How? Kneel about 60cm behind a Swiss ball. Place both hands on the ball, palms together. Lean forward
on the ball, resting
For best results combine today’s five moves in a circuit. Do a set of each, one after the other. Once you’ve done one full round, have a sip of water, then go again. Do 3-5 rounds
in total. on your hands and forearms. Brace your abs and roll the ball forward by extending your arms and moving your hips forward and down. Go as far as you can while still maintaining a strong, straight posture. Once you feel you’ve reached your limit, pause for a few seconds, exhale fully, then return to the starting position. Move straight into your next rep. You should not feel any back pain during this exercise. Sets and reps: 3-5 sets of 10-15.