If you want to achieve flat washboard abs then you have to lose the extra weight around your waist. But you can’t just lose the fat on your stomach when you perform lower ab exercises fat is burnt globally, not locally.This does not mean you should not be working your abs. You can still strengthen and tone your abdominals using exercises like sit ups. Having stong abs causes a “corset effect” which holds back the fat between your muscles and your organs. Like all exercise the way to burn belly fat is to burn more calories than you take in. This can be done using a combonation of eating healtheir and exercises.Tip: Watch your back when training your lower abs. Keep your back flat and stop it from arching.
Straight Leg Crunches
Crunches are widely recommended instead of sit ups. They put less strain on your back and do a good job of isolating the upper and lower abdominal muscles.
1) Lie on your back with your legs out and your knees unlocked. Put your hands behind your ears with your elbows out.
2) Keeping your lower back on the floor raise your upper body a few inches off the ground. Look up as you lift your shoulders, neck and head off the floor. Hold for a second then lower back down to that starting position. Immediately start your next crunch without a rest.
Avoid using your hands to pull your head up as this can cause injury to your neck and upper back.
Breath out as you do the crunch as this will help the abs contract fully.
Use a exercise mat for more comfort on your spine.
This is one of the best lower ab exercises. It works the gleteal (butt), hip flexor (front hip) and lower abs.
1) Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air at 90 degrees to your body. Your knees should be unlocked and your toes pointed. Place your hands at your sides with your palms down on the floor.
2) Using your lower abs and moving your weight towards your shoulders, lift your hips off the floor. Keep your legs in the vertical position. Hold for a second and then slowly return to the start.
Make your abs do the work. Try not to kick with your legs to gain momentum.
Use your hands for balance but do not use them to push your hips up.
Both these lower ab exercises will help give you solid strong abs in no time. Just remember you need to burn the fat covering them before you will see them.