There are countless devices and exercises proposed to support your quest for a lean midsection. Often, following up on these suggestions will only target one part of your abdomen, so the results will not be overly impressive. The best exercises for a flat tummy will work out all of the muscles in the abdomen area including the front, sides and bottom of your abs.
Additionally, the exercise should target muscles in your lower back to keep things in balance. From the array of choices available to us, we would like to recommend two simple and well-known exercises: the squat and deadlift. These can be done practically anywhere with simple equipment like dumbbells, kettlebells or barbells.
You may be familiar with the squat as an exercise to strengthen your legs, but less so as an exercise for a flat tummy. However, the movement required for the squat really involves your core muscles as well as your leg muscles. The key is that your spine must be aligned, so your core muscles have to exert an effort to keep your back straight.
To perform the squat, start by keeping your feet shoulder width apart. Extend your arms straight in front of you. Lower yourself by bending at the lower back and knees, but ensure your back, shoulders and chest stay aligned. Also, make sure your knees do not go beyond your toes. Go down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. You can do squats with your own body weight, by holding weights in your hands, or strapping weight to your back.
The deadlift is somewhat similar to the squat but in this case you start with the weight on the floor. You then pull the bar using your hips and knees until they are locked in and you are standing. Gradually return the weight back to the floor. It is extremely important to keep your spine aligned, without rounding your lower back.
A benefit of the two exercises mentioned is you do not have to go out of your way to buy some gizmo or find some trending ab workout. Just incorporate these two simple activities into your workout schedule and you are set to go.
There are many contraptions and exercises for a flat tummy, but the research shows that the above two exercises work out more of your abdominal muscles than anything else available to you. Give them a try and you will get positive results if you can stay consistent and follow through with a balanced diet.