A 30-year-old member asked:
How might you make your stomach flat without doing crunches?
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Wound care 26 years experience
More muscle less fat: Even the most toned abdominal muscles will not reveal the abdomen you want if they are buried under a beer gut. Decreasing body fat is a key component of washboard abs. That said, anything that strengthens your core (sit ups, crunches, leg lifts, torsion, etc ) all play a role in building those muscles. If you don't want crunches try swimming or other whole body exercises.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me how to make my stomach flat?
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Psychiatry 26 years experience
Flatten abs: For flatter abdomen eat healthy ; get physically active. Calories burned > calories consumed. To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e. Running, swimming, nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.).
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013
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