Stomach Exercises for Women at Home

FitnessVigil Staff Oct 6, 2018
For a flat, sexy stomach, you need to work on your upper, lower, and oblique muscles. Here are some excellent stomach exercises for women at home that doesn't require any heavy machines or a gym membership.

Breaking the Illusion

Whoever said that getting a flat stomach after your 20s isn't possible, is mistaken. Our body works when our mind is ready for it; plus, there is no age limit to achieving a sexier avatar. But many a time, motivating ourselves to get dressed, that too after work or school, and drive down to the gym is next to impossible.
There are instances when you just hate the idea of going anywhere outside your home to exercise. It's a natural feeling, and quite frankly, universal.
Many women, after their daily chores at home and busy schedule at work, can't seem to find time for themselves and workout properly. All the stress and tension from work, school, kids, and family can really put pressure on them and make them find peace somewhere else.
When you wish to get some sort of quiet or peace in our lives, you tend to find that in food. And the result, increase in weight and the stomach is out of shape. Perhaps you have been in a similar situation, otherwise, why would you be searching for stomach exercises, right?
The first step in losing your belly fat is to find a motivational factor. Think of something you wish to do once you do get flat, sexy abs. Perhaps you'd like to go to the beach wearing a two-piece bikini or ask that guy out on a date; anything that can help you lose belly fat. Let's look at some great upper and lower stomach exercises for women.

Exercises that Really Work

To get a flatter, more defined stomach, you need to concentrate on core exercises that tone and strengthen the abdominal muscles. But you need to perform other fat-burning exercises as well. This way your muscles will be able to lose the excess fat. The following stomach toning exercises are effective, simple, and don't require any equipment.

Cycling

  • Place an exercise mat on the floor and lie flat on it.
  • Bend your legs, bringing them closer to your chest.
  • Keep your hands behind your head, elbows out.
  • Extend right leg straight, but keep the left leg bent.
  • Bring your shoulder blades off the floor and start pedalling in the air.
  • Alternate your legs when you pedal and twist your upper body in the opposite direction.
  • Do 3 sets of 15-20 repetitions on each leg, every other day.

Stability Ball Crunches

  • Place the stability ball on the floor and sit on it.
  • Slightly roll over the ball and support yourself on your lower back.
  • Put your hands behind your head, elbows out.
  • Plant your feet on the ground so that the ball doesn't move while working out.
  • Exhale and lift your shoulder blades and lower back off the ball.
  • Hold for a second, inhale and go back down to starting position.
  • Do 3 sets of 15-20 repetitions every other day.

Vertical Leg Crunches

  • Place an exercise mat on the floor and lie flat on it.
  • Keep your hands over your head, elbows out.
  • Lift both legs and stretch them towards the ceiling.
  • Ensure you keep a steady breathing rhythm.
  • Exhale and lift your shoulder blades off the floor.
  • Hold for a second, inhale and come back to starting position.
  • Do 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions every other day.

The Plank Exercise

  • Lie upside down on an exercise mat.
  • Now, lift your entire body away from the mat.
  • To support yourself, use your elbows and toes.
  • Keep your body aligned with your buttocks down.
  • Tighten your abdominal muscles and breathe normally.
  • Keep your abdominal muscles tightened for as long as you can.
  • Relax and start again. Do this at least 5 times.

Downward-facing Dog

  • Place an exercise mat on the floor and come down to your hands.
  • Keep your feet and palms hip-width apart, bring your head down.
  • Look through, between your legs and breathe normally.
  • Your legs and arms should be straight and facing forward.
  • Till you take 3 full breaths, you will remain in this position. Release yourself, come back down, and sit for a few seconds before beginning.
  • Do this exercise 5 times.

Boat Pose

  • Place an exercise mat on the floor and sit straight on it with your legs extended.
  • Lift your feet off the floor and bring your hands on either side.
  • Concentrate on your abdominal muscles and breathe normally.
  • Relax your shoulders, back straight, head relaxed, and eyes forward.
  • Release the pose and sit cross-legged for a few seconds before beginning.
  • Do this exercise 5 times.

Reverse Crunches

  • Place an exercise mat on the floor and lie flat on it.
  • Keep your hands on the floor, on the side.
  • Lift your legs off the floor and keep knees bent at 90ยบ.
  • Make sure that your legs are either crossing or touching together throughout the workout.
  • Exhale and bring your knees closer to the chest.
  • Hold for a second, inhale and bring your legs back to starting position.
  • Do 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions every other day.
There are a few more exercises to lose stomach fat that can be done from the comfort of your own home. Besides these exercises, remember to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day, get a good night's sleep, eat more of fresh fruits and vegetables, keep junk foods and fatty foods out of your diet, and don't skip breakfast.
Losing any kind of weight or fat doesn't only mean you should workout. Leading a healthy lifestyle that doesn't involve too much stress and healthy choices does the trick as well. If you want these exercises to work, then follow the instructions given here. The results are sure to follow.