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7 Tummy Toning Exercises

Flatten your stomach with ballet-inspired moves—no crunches required

By Karen Asp Posted June 26, 2009 from Woman's Day; July 7, 2009

  • No More Belly!
  • No More Belly!

    Channel your inner dancer and have a little fun with this easy routine from trainer Elise Gulan, creator of the Element: Ballet Conditioning DVD. Do these moves at least three to four times a week (while following a healthy diet) and you should see a tighter tummy in a month. The big bonus: You’ll improve your balance and posture— which will make you look slimmer almost instantly.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Abs with Extended Leg Beats
  • Abs with Extended Leg Beats

    Lie faceup on floor, legs extended straight out on floor and arms at sides. Lift legs about 45 degrees off floor, pointing toes. Lift shoulder blades and hold on to backs of thighs with both hands. Keep your spine rounded with your lower back resting on floor as you alternate crossing your ankles over one another. Do 10 slow crosses. Then do 20 quick crosses.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Extended Lateral Leg Lifts - A
  • Extended Lateral Leg Lifts - A

    Stand with heels together, toes a few inches apart. Extend right leg straight in front of you and lift it as high as you can. Lift your right arm overhead (hold on to a chair for support) and contract your abs.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Extended Lateral Leg Lifts - B
  • Extended Lateral Leg Lifts - B

    Using the strength of your core and legs and keeping your torso facing forward, move right leg to the right until it’s in line with your right shoulder. Move the leg back to the front. Without lowering it to the floor, repeat 8 times. Switch sides and repeat.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Standing Oblique Passé Lifts - A
  • Standing Oblique Passé Lifts - A

    Stand on your right leg and bend your left knee to the side, resting left toes on right shin. Extend arms overhead in a rounded position, fingertips almost touching.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Standing Oblique Passé Lifts - B
  • Standing Oblique Passé Lifts - B

    Bend your upper body to the left and lift the bent left leg as much as you can so that your elbow and knee approach each other. Return to start and repeat 10 times. Switch sides and repeat.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Side Plank Leg Lifts - A
  • Side Plank Leg Lifts - A

    Kneel on floor.Keeping left knee on floor, lift right leg off floor, extending it straight out to side at hip level. Keep left hand on floor directly below left shoulder and extend right arm straight overhead. Contract your abs. In this position, move right leg up and down about an inch 10 times.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Side Plank Leg Lifts - B
  • Side Plank Leg Lifts - B

    Then move your right leg forward until the sole of your foot faces straight ahead and leg is in line with hip in front of your body. Lower leg to the floor and then lift it slightly higher than your hip 10 times. Switch sides and repeat.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Lower Abdominal Hip Lifts
  • Lower Abdominal Hip Lifts

    Lie faceup on floor with both legs extended straight up in the air and arms at your sides on the floor. Point your toes and draw your abs in and up. Without straining your neck or shoulders, lift your hips 2 inches off the floor, then lower. Repeat 8 times at a slow, controlled pace. Then repeat the movement a little more quickly 16 times.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Leg Lifts - A
  • Leg Lifts - A

    Lie faceup and place your feet on the floor hip-width apart with your legs bent. Tuck your hips under and lift them off the floor as far as you can without straining your back or neck. Extend the left leg straight up overhead, toes pointed, and lift up onto ball of right foot. Hold this position.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Leg Lifts - B
  • Leg Lifts - B

    Keeping the heel of your right foot off the floor, flex your left foot and lower the left leg until it’s about parallel with your right knee. Now point the toes and lift the leg back to start. Repeat 8 times. Then do another 8 a little faster. Switch sides and repeat.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

  • Parallel Straight Legs
  • Parallel Straight Legs

    Sit with both legs extended straight in front of you, toes pointed. Pulling your abs in and up, round your torso so you have a small Cshaped curve in your back. Spread your fingers apart and press the majority of your body weight forward into the fingertips, relaxing the shoulders. Keeping your belly button pulled toward your spine, open and close your legs 12 times. If possible, lift your legs slightly off the floor as you open and close.

    Photo: © Keith Lathrop

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Posted by Jacqueline Seewald

Getting rid of a gut

The great thing about tightening abs is that it helps prevent back pain. Since I sit at a computer and write a good part of each day, I need that most of all.

Jacqueline Seewald
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