If you are tired of doing sit-ups to tone your abs, you better check out these secret Pilates moves to a flatter belly.
Do these exercises 3 times a week to strengthen the muscles in your back and belly so you’ll stand taller and look slimmer.
Leg Lower and Lift
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and your legs extended and lifted directly over your hips, perpendicular to the floor. Point your toes toward the ceiling, turn your feet out slightly, and lift your head, looking between your thighs. This is the starting position.
Inhale while lowering your legs toward the floor about 6 inches (don’t arch your back). Exhale while lifting them back up. Begin with 4 reps, and work up to 8.
Lie on your stomach with your arms at your sides, palms up. Place your forehead on the floor. Keep looking down as you contract your back muscles and lift your torso off the floor, lengthening through the top of your head and reaching through your hands back toward your feet. Pause, then lower. Do 6 reps.
Now, extend your arms overhead so your palms rest on the floor in front of you (like Superman flying). With your upper body still and your legs slightly apart, lengthen and lift both legs as high as comfortably possible. Pause, then lower. Do 6 reps.