The Best Lower Tummy & Stomach Muscle Toning Exercises
When it comes to your stomach and lower tummy area, there are two things you can do to make that part of your body look great. The first is to have the right diet and exercise program so that you don’t have a lot of fat in that area. The second is to tone and strengthen those areas with exercises for lower stomach and tummy.
Lower stomach muscle exercises
Other than simply pulling your stomach in (the “scoop” movement popular in Pilates), there are no exercises that target only the lower stomach. There are plenty of exercises that are both lower stomach exercises and leg exercises, or both stomach muscle exercises and hip exercises.
The Plank strengthens the muscles of your lower stomach and lower back. To do the Plank, start on all fours, with your hands and knees on the floor. Lower your front half so that your forearms are resting on the floor, with your elbows directly under your shoulders. Then, keeping your toes on the floor, slowly extend your legs backward, as far as you can. Let your hips drop to the floor. This is the starting position. Slowly raise your hips until your shoulders, hips, and feet form a straight line. Hold the position, and then slowly lower your hips back down to the floor. Try to holding the position for at least 30 seconds. Eventually, you can work up to 3 repetitions, holding the position for up to 2 minutes each time.
The Reverse Crunch is one of the best lower tummy exercises. To do the Reverse Crunch, lie on the floor with your hands at your sides, and lift your legs at a 90 degree angle to your body. This is the starting position. Exhale, and pull your knees toward your chest by bending your knees and curling your lower body with your lower abs. Inhale, and straighten your knees while uncurling your lower body to return to the starting position. Repeat this exercise between 15 and 20 times.
Toning tummy exercises
There are many toning exercises for stomach fitness, but one of the best is the Lying Scissors. This exercise works the entire hip and buttocks area as well as the tummy, so your entire midsection is trim and toned.
To do Lying Scissors toning stomach exercises, start by lying on the floor with your hands tucked under your back, palms down. Your legs should be straight, but not stiff. Exhale and lift your right leg as high as it will go, keeping the knee slightly bent. Inhale and slowly lower the leg to the floor. Exhale and lift your left leg as high as it will go, keeping the knee slightly bent. Inhale and slowly lower the leg to the floor. Repeat this exercise for a total of 10 repetitions.
Another excellent tummy toning exercise is Abdominal Leg Lowering. This is an advanced exercise that requires you to already have enough strength in your abs to support your weight. Start by lying on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Use your abs to press your back to the floor. If at any point your abs get loose or your back hurts, stop. Keeping one leg bent, straighten and lift the other leg until it is at a 90 degree angle to your body. This is the starting position. Slowly lower the leg until the foot almost touches the floor, or until just before your back starts to arch, then slowly return the leg to the starting position. Switch legs. Do a total of 2 – 3 sets of 10 – 15 repetitions with each leg.