Whether you want a flat stomach for beauty, virility or health having a flat stomach is the goal of most weight loss and toning programs. Getting a flat stomach does take time and effort but if you do it the right way, without surgery and pain you can have that flat stomach for life.
The stomach muscles are comprised of four basic groups. There is the rectus abdominis or a big expanse of muscle tissue that is formed from your breastbone to your pelvis. The external oblique is a muscle group that is installed from your ribs to your hips and faces forward. Next you have the internal oblique that runs from your ribs to your hips and is backwards. Finally there are the transverses abdominis which is located deep in your abs and underneath the oblique muscles. You need a balanced exercise program that works all these muscle groups to get a totally flat stomach.
If you want quick results and a flat stomach in a short amount of time motivate those stomach muscles every two to three days. Allow forty-eight hours of recovery between workouts. These stomach exercises can be part of a cardio workout or a weight lifting regime. Start by getting blood flow to your abdominal area. This will take about a ten minute cardio warm up. Next choose an exercise for each of the abdominal muscle groups. Do one set of each exercise until you are unable to maintain a good form anymore. Be careful; you do not need a hernia.
Flex your spine by utilizing crunches and different crunch variations. Sit-ups and different sit-up options are also good. Front planks are awesome for the rectus abdominis group.
Twisting and rotating motions are great exercises for the external and internal oblique muscles. If you rotate to your left your left oblique and your right internal oblique are working. Do these twists and rotations on the opposite side, too.
Transverses abdomins is an interesting muscle group and is the group that you engage when you suck in your stomach. Whether you are driving, standing sitting just suck in your stomach and hold it.
All these exercises are great, but if you have a layer of fat you will not be able to work your muscles and get a flat stomach. You need to burn off your fat by adding diet to your exercise routines. Eat vegetarian or at least control your portions of meat. Try to avoid processed foods, too many calories or foods that irritate your stomach. If you avoid these foods you will have the strength to keep working on that flat stomach.