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The most effective bit of equipment for toned abs is the Swiss ball. It's relatively easy to master, but technique is key. Sit atop the ball and slowly roll forward until your lower back is supported by the curve of the ball. Shoulder, hips and knees should all be aligned. With arms folded behind your head, slowly curl your trunk off the ball, stopping when head and shoulder are 45 degrees from the rest of your body. Lower back down until shoulders are once again in line with your knees. Try for 12-15 reps to start with. Stop if you feel neck or back pain.
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Pilates targets your core corset type muscles, so even if you are carrying a few extra pounds, you should still be able to achieve a flatter-looking tum. If you add a dance class such as belly dancing and salsa to this core routine, you'll not only give your abs and waist muscles an additional workout, but getting up a sweat will also help to shift belly fat too.
Best At-Home Move
Straight-leg flutter kick: Lie on your back with your hands under your buttocks and both feet 6 inches off the ground. Keeping your legs straight, kick your feet in a flutter-kick motion keeping your back flat throughout. Aim for 40 kicks, then rest and repeat.
Toe-Tap Crunch: Lie on your back on the floor with legs in the air and bent to 90 degrees. Fold your arms behind your head to support your neck and then lift head and shoulders off the floor. Then, holding this position and with stomach slightly pulled in, lower your feet to the floor - literally brush the floor with your heels - and then lift back up again to start your position. Repeat 8-10 times, keeping your stomach pulled in. Rest and repeat.
Best Anytime Move
Try this core-tastic move: without budging from the sofa. Sit on the edge of a chair or sofa with abdominal muscles tense, back straight, with your body hinged back slightly at the hips. Places hands either side of head and lift your knees towards your chest. Lower your legs slowly, without quite touching the floor at the bottom. Aim for 15 reps.
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