fr

3 exercises for a flatter stomach

Mélissa Globensky and Dino Masson, B.Sc., Kinesiologists Comments

To burn calories, do a combination of medium to high-intensity cardiovascular training and strength-building. Results guaranteed!

At the start of the summer season, we tend to pay a lot of attention to our physical appearance. Some may call it vain, but most women are concerned about the flatness of their stomach. Countless adjectives are used to describe this part of our body, which goes on show during bikini season, like it or not. Here are some tips to help you achieve a flatter stomach.

Basic principles

It’s important to know that fat cannot be changed into muscle. Performing 100 abdominal reps per day will improve superficial muscle tone, but it won’t make excess fat melt away. Why?

The body, particularly that of women, has specific zones for storing fat cells (see image). Of course, these zones differ in size from one woman to another and react differently based on lifestyle and exercise.

To reduce the amount of accumulated fat, you need to work the body as a whole. The key to success is therefore energy expenditure. The best way to burn calories is through medium to high-intensity cardiovascular training combined with strength-building exercises. The more muscle mass the body has, the greater the energy expenditure will be at rest, and the less your body will store fat. A short high-intensity workout will have a better long-term impact on fat accumulation than a one-hour low-intensity workout on a stationary bike.

The ideal exercises

Of course, in order to improve stomach muscle tone, you must include in your training program some exercises specifically focused on deep abdominal and spinal muscles. These muscles are called upon all day long to maintain your posture and body alignment. They should therefore be worked for endurance, in other words by maintaining a static position for a certain amount of time.

Here are 3 exercises to flatten your stomach.

Standard plank

Hold the position for 20 to 30 seconds, keeping your abs tight and breathing well. Do 2 or 3 sets.

Side star plank

Hold the position for 20 to 30 seconds, keeping your abs tight and breathing well. Do 2 or 3 sets.

Superman plank

Perform 10 to 15 reps on each side, keeping your abs tight and breathing well. Make sure your hand and foot are stretched out and your body straight. Do 2 or 3 sets.

Don’t hesitate to ask your pharmacist for additional information. Have a good workout!

Read more on the subject

5 original physical activities to try in Quebec

Read article +

5 facts about sports every woman should know

Read article +

​20 good habits that can help you stay healthy

Read article +

Get inspired by our Canadian athletes to improve your workouts

Read article +

6 refreshing lifestyle habits

Read article +

Lifestyle changes for healthy living and long-term results

Read article +

4 tips for staying active this winter with your family

Read article +

5 tips to tackle seasonal depression

Read article +

How to keep up your good spirits this fall

Read article +

Power yoga demystified

Read article +

The domino effect of happiness / A recap of the Lolë White tour!

Read article +

Five warm-weather rules for savvy runners

Read article +

Happy Fitness takes on health challenges for the Lolë White Tour

Read article +

4 outdoor activities to stay active with friends this summer

Read article +

8 original ideas to stay active this summer

Read article +

Getting back in shape: how to stay motivated

Read article +

Summer fitness: 5 pool exercises

Read article +

5 exercises to strengthen your muscles quickly

Read article +

5 outdoor activities to try this spring

Read article +

5 exercises to tone your neck

Read article +

Four easy exercises to undo the effects of Holiday excess!

Read article +

Runny nose, sore throat? You can still stay active!

Read article +
Renforcer votre système immunitaire

Can exercise help prevent us from getting sick? How physical activity aids our immune system

Read article +

A 7-minute workout routine for the Holidays

Read article +
Bouger c’est la santé!

8 facts that will motivate you to start exercising

Read article +

5 rules to enjoy summer sports to the max

Read article +

4 good reasons to stay physically active in retirement

Read article +

5 tips to get the most out of winter sports

Read article +

10 tips for staying active and healthy

Read article +
Vaincre la sédentarité : une priorité pour la santé

Combating sedentary lifestyles: a health priority

Read article +

Comment the article

Stay informed!
Stay informed!

Get the latest news about new trends and Brunet promotions!

Stay informed. Sign up for the Brunet newsletter!