The first thing you need to know about how to get a flat stomach is that there’s no exercise that will directly flatten your tummy. In fact, most ab/core exercises and core workouts are not the best use of time and energy. But many women fall into the trap of doing hundreds or thousands of reps of popular ab exercises in order to flatten their stomachs — and are left wondering why they see zero change after tons of effort.
The exercise you do will ultimately assist in flattening your stomach, but you cannot spot-reduce body fat by targeting a certain body part with hundreds of reps. The body simply doesn’t work like that. So what’s the answer? Whole-body training, when done properly, increases metabolism, allowing your body to burn fat even at rest, which will ultimately mean a flatter tummy.
Bottom Line: Exercise Right and Eat Well
For a flatter stomach, start training your whole body three times per week for 30 to 45 minutes. Concentrate on full-body resistance workouts; put 90 percent of your effort into working the bigger muscle groups with functional movements like squats, dead lifts, bench presses, overhead presses, and rows. When you do these types of exercises, you use your core how it’s supposed to be used rather how it’s not supposed to be used (i.e., hundreds crunches and situps).
Sure, you can do some core exercises at the end of your workout if you must, but don’t spend a half hour doing crunches.
Ultimately, though, fat loss comes down to good nutrition. Eat too much and you will not burn fat. Focus on what your body needs to function properly: protein, good fats, fruits, and lots of veggies.
Clint Ashton is a personal trainer at Absolute Health & Fitness in Queensland, Australia. He is dedicated to helping women over 40 create lifelong change through health, fitness, and self-development. For more information, go to absolutehealthfitness.com.au.