The 10-Minute Tummy Tuck
If you want to get a flat belly in the least time possible, you’ve come to the right place. Check out this tummy-trimming advice from famous fitness expert Denise Austin:
A sleek, trim midriff is always in style. But in our beauty-obsessed culture, you don’t hear much about what strong abs do for you physically. Your core — the muscles around your midsection — is the hidden force behind any activity.
Doing the ab workout will not only tone and tighten your tummy, it will also help you whack a tennis ball with more oomph, walk taller and run faster. Strong abs can also help your balance and keep back pain at bay.
Now, Denise knows no woman wants to live with a pouchy belly. But she also knows that most women are busy and don’t have the time for lengthy, complicated routines.
So Denise took her knowledge of exercise physiology and started experimenting with different tummy-tightening workouts and routines. Then she boiled it all down to two simple moves that anyone can do in just 10 minutes a day!
The reason you only need two simple moves to tighten your tummy is because there are only two groups of abdominal muscles. One is the rectus abdominis, the muscle that stretches from your ribs to your hips. The other is the obliques, the pair of muscles that run down each side of your torso.
The truth is, you don’t need 26 different moves, you just need one good move for each muscle group and you can flatten your belly in just 10 minutes. With these two easy-to-master moves you can kiss your paunch goodbye. You can zip up your favorite jeans. You can wear close-fitting tops without worrying about “rolls.” And you can look in a full-length mirror and actually feel great about what you see.
By the way, you can also do a simple tummy tuck exercise while sitting at your desk at work. All you need is your chair. Do a few of these during the day an you can see results even faster!
Do a few of these exercises 3 times a week and your tummy will be flatter
- Stand with your legs slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and your arms down by your sides. Touch your right toe to the floor and twist your body slightly to the left while extending your left arm up.
- Swing your left arm across your body, keeping your left leg slightly bent and left toe on the ground. Bend your right leg, twist your torso to the right, and reach down until you touch the floor about 4 inches outside your right foot with your left hand. Your gaze should follow your hand throughout the move. Do 20 reps, then switch sides and repeat. (For an extra challenge, hold a 5-pound dumbbell with your left hand as you twist (switch hands when you switch sides).
- Lie on a mat with your knees bent and feet on the floor, and hold a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand near your chest, arms bent. Lift your knees until they’re directly above your hips and point your toes toward the ceiling.
- Without straining your neck, lift your shoulder blades and twist your torso to the left, extending your right arm to the outside of your left knee. Lower your torso to the mat and the dumbbells to your chest, then repeat, twisting to the right to complete the rep. Do 20 reps.
- Lie on your back on a mat with arms and legs extended, forming a T; hold a 5-pound dumbbell in your left hand. Bend and raise left leg until left knee is directly over left hip.
- Lift your shoulder blades slightly and pass the dumbbell from your left hand to your right hand under your left leg. Then, holding the weight in your right hand, extend both arms until they’re parallel with your shoulders to complete the rep. Pass the dumbbell 20 times. Return to starting position, then switch sides and repeat.
That’s it! Keeping up with these exercises and eating healthy will mean you’ll see a flatter stomach in no time. Enjoy!