...I also hate my abs. I've never had a six-pack and usually I only get a flat stomach from dieting. And lately I've just been in a "burn calories" mode, instead of working to tone my body.
But I'm sitting here and looking down at my laptop... and my stomach... and thinking "..Yikes..."
I just took a picture of my stomach from the side (to see what others see). I will not be posting that photo. Yes, it is normal for stomachs to bulge a little when relaxed and slouching... But mine is a little too relaxed... My shoulder and neck muscles are jealous of my stomach muscles. It's like my stomach muscles went on a Caribbean vacation and spent 3 months in a relaxation spa. Ew.
So, against the wishes of my lethargic lil' belly, I looked up some fabulous ab exercises. I then repeated the mantra of The Little Engine That Could and tried them. It was rough. I am in pain. But my slacker abs are beginning to feel remorse for chillaxin all day.
Here's what I did:
(Lie flat on the floor and press your lower back into the floor. Put your hands behind your head and raise it slightly while clenching your abdominal muscles. Bring your knees up to a 45 degree angle and move your legs as if you were on a bicycle. Touch your right elbow to your left knee and then your left elbow to your right knee. Repeat until your abs cry "Uncle".)
|His abs have NOT been on vacation...|
(Lie flat on the floor and place your hands on the floor beside you or behind your head. Bring your knees in towards your chest, bent at a 90 degree angle. Keep your feet together or crossed at the ankle. Contract your abs and curl your hips off the floor and reach the legs upwards. Repeat. And repeat. And repeat...)
|See? You can even do it while balancing on a diving board...|
And then there's always Jane... I don't know whether it's her encouraging voice, the awesome music, or her leg-warmers... But I love this video (and I can definitely feel the burn!)