If on the other hand, you simply want to tone up your tummy muscles so that it is more toned, then you will need to do specific exercises that concentrate on the right muscles.
Here are a couple of exercises that have been designed to focus on the abdominal muscles.
- The bicycle
To do this lie down flat on the floor and push your lower back downwards. Position both of your hands behind your head and lace your fingers together.
The next thing to do is to bring your knees up to your chest and rotate your legs at a 45 degree angle, much as you would if you were pedalling a bicycle.
While you are doing this, touch your right knee with your left elbow and your left knee with your right elbow in turn.
Make sure that you are raising yourself to do this with your stomach muscles and not with your back, otherwise you could hurt your back and the exercise will do little to help your abdomen.
- Hindu pushups
To do this exercise, get on your hands and knees with your legs spread very wide apart and your rear pushed up.
Bend your elbows as if you were going to perform regular pushups and bring your down into an arc. Then you need to straighten your arms so that your back is pushed into an arc, upwards so that your hips are just above the ground.