To tone your abdominals, get into a Pilates class. Also, watch your posture. Get your ears over your shoulders over your hips when standing and sitting. It takes strong core muscles to do that, and also back muscles.
Then on alternate days do a 15 minute series of core and ab exercises. Don't forget to do exercises for the obliques. Options could include sit-ups, partial sit-ups, bicycles (done on the floor), banana, pass-the-ball (requires a ball!), leg raises, "dead bug", and many more exercises for the abdominals.
Go jogging. It burns more calories over your entire body faster and more efficiently than any other exercises except cross-country skiing, and everyone without leg/knee/feet problems can jog. Have you ever seen an experienced jogger with a big belly hanging out?
Planks and push-ups also help when combined with everything else. Be active!
This combination has worked for me!
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All t he planks in the world will not give you a flat stomach, I'm afraid. Planks are awesome exercises, but can't reduce the fat on your stomach. It's simply not possible. I f it were, I'd have a 6 pack by now... not a keg!
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
I've found that Pilates has really helped strengthen my core, but like others said below, diet is really important to help reduce the layer of fat that's often over people's abs.
1/1/13 8:27 P
Abs are made in the kitchen. Diet is key. That said you will want to focus on core exercises that work the whole abdominal area. You can Google core exercises and get an idea of what they are. I have great abs and I haven't done a crunch in years. I do work hard though. You have to be willing to put in the work.
Since you say it's "after" weight loss, are you even looking at spot fat reduction at all?
The problem is, you say you want "toning", but there's actually no such term. It's used a heck of a lot! But it's 100% meaningless. It's a beauty industry buzzword that has zero meaning in fitness.
So the question is, WHAT do you want to achieve with your abdominal area "after" weight loss?
(BTW, never wait till after losing weight to start strength training - you can start now!)
Deb, in New Zealand
1/1/13 11:02 A
The previous poster has given you some great advice. Also check out the core exercise demos in the Fitness Resource Center (click on Healthy Lifestyle at the top of the page and go to Fitness) for other exercises that will help strengthen the core area.
Hope that helps,
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