5 TUMMYTRIMMING MOVES
Sit in a chair with your feet planted on the floor. Inhale, expanding your belly, and then exhale, pulling your navel to your spine as much as you possibly can. Hold for one count, let your belly button halfway out, then forcefully pull it back in as you count “one” out loud (to make sure you’re not holding your breath). Do 20 reps, counting aloud. Rest by taking one big belly inhale and exhale. Repeat the exercise twice more.
Curve and Lift
Sit on the floor in a C-curve position: back rounded against a rolled-up towel, navel pulled in to spine, and hands by sides with fingertips touching floor. Maintaining hold, lift and extend right leg directly in front of you. Bend knee, and return right foot to floor. Do eight reps, then switch legs and repeat. Rest and repeat.
Start on the floor or a yoga mat on all fours. Press into your palms and round your back (like the Cat Pose in yoga). Pull your navel in toward your spine, then do small pelvic pulses (tucking your pelvis with little thrusts), exhaling each time and pulling your navel deeper toward your spine. Do 20 pulses. Rest and repeat.
Curve and Reach
Sit on the floor with knees bent, feet flat, and a rolled-up towel at the base of your spine. Round your lower back against the towel so your torso forms a C-curve, and draw your navel to your spine. Hold that position—but don’t hold your breath—as you slowly swing your straight arms forward and then up, then lower them to the floor. Do ten reps. Rest and repeat.
Curve and Twist
Repeat the Curve and Lift, but this time, very slowly twist your torso toward the leg you lift. Start by lifting your right leg and rotating your torso toward the right with right arm extended. Return torso to center, and lower leg and arm. Do eight reps, then switch sides and repeat. Rest and repeat.