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Seven Ways to Get a Flat Belly Without Getting Down on the Floor
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
A while ago, I shared some killer exercises for slimming your belly. But several readers wrote to me and said, “I hate getting down on the floor. Do you have any tips for exercising my abs while I’m standing up?”
Well, your wish is my command! Here are seven quick and powerful ways to slim your waistline while you stay on your feet. In addition to working your abs, these exercises will improve your balance, enhance your posture, and burn off more fat than floor exercises.
1. Standing Side Crunch.
Stand with your feet about hip-width apart and the toes of your left foot pointing out to the side. Hold your left arm out to your side, with your forearm pointing up in an “L.” Bring your left knee to your left elbow in a side crunch, keeping your arms and shoulders as still as possible. (This forces your oblique muscles to work hard.) Repeat this move 20 times, and then switch to the other side.
Stand with your feet about hip-width apart. Hold a five-pound weight (or a soup can or book, if you don’t have a weight) vertically in front of your chest with both hands. Slowly move the weight to the left, back to the center, and to the right. Repeat for one minute. Keep your abs pulled in the entire time you’re doing this exercise, and keep your hips as still as possible.
3. Reverse Chop.
You’ll need a weight or medicine ball for this exercise. Stand with your feet slightly more than hip-width apart. Squat slightly and lower the weight or medicine ball to the outside of your right knee with both hands, keeping your arms straight. With your arms still straight, raise the weight and rotate it across your body until the weight is above your left shoulder. Do 10 to 15 repetitions on each side.
4. Crossover Crunch.
Starting with your feet a little wider than hip-width apart, bring your right elbow to your left knee, and then switch sides. Repeat for one minute.
5. Single-Leg Sprint.
Stand in a lunge position with your left knee bent, your right leg stretched out straight behind you, and your arms extended over your head. Lift your right knee toward your chest, pulling your arms down to your chest at the same time. Do 15 to 20 repetitions on each side.
6. Standing Pike Crunch.
Start with both arms straight overhead. Slowly bring them down until they’re straight in front of you, simultaneously raising your right leg straight in front of you, and touch your leg with your hands. Repeat 20 times on each side.
7. Alphabet Abs.
This is a fun one! Holding a light medicine ball (or any ball you can comfortably hold) in front of you at chest level, move the ball as though you’re writing the cursive alphabet from A to Z. Keep your belly pulled in and your hips and butt as still as possible as you do this.
Want still more ideas for working your abs without getting down on the floor? Then check out this fun and free YouTube video from world-famous fitness guru (and my good buddy) Kathy Smith. It only takes about ten minutes, and trust me—you’re gonna feel it the next day.
And, of course, keep tackling that belly fat from the inside out, with foods like bone broth. Bone broth heals your gut, quelling inflammation and making you a natural fat burner so extra pounds—especially around your waistline—melt away quickly. Combine a healthy bone broth habit with easy standing exercises like these, and you’ll be cinching in that belt before you know it!
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