There is no point in denying that toning and tightening our midsection is one of the hardest tasks that you will do when it comes to fitness. After all, there is no spot reduction available which means you will be putting a lot of effort into getting rid of all that stubborn fat. The problem with many is that they just focus on working their abdominal muscles only which is why they become frustrated with the lack of results. As a rule, it is necessary to train the entire body to see any change in your midsection.
Aside from this, you will also need to do the right kind of exercises especially in your lower abs to see any definition. To help you get started, try these exercises out for size.
Mountain Climber. Go into a high plank pose. Keep your body straight and at the same level as your hips. Lift your right foot by drawing your right knee towards your chest and between your hands. Go back to starting position then lift the other foot. Continue alternating your feet as quickly as you can without forgetting about your form. Do this for 30 seconds or a full minute.
Rolling Plank. Start in a plank position with your body in a straight line from your shoulders all the way to your ankles. Rotate towards your left to go into a side plank. Hold this for 10 seconds then go back to your first position. Rotate towards your right to go into a side plank and hold this pose for 10 seconds. Go back to first position to complete one rep. Do 10 to 12 reps for this exercise.
Slider Pike. For this exercise, you will need some towels or sliders for your feet. You need to go into a high plank pose with your feet on the sliders. Engage your lower abs and pull your feet toward you. Lift your hips into a pike position as you slide your feet toward your hands. Go back to your first position and repeat as many times as you can in 30 to 60 seconds.
Roll Up. This exercise requires you to roll yourself out slowly. Lie flat on the floor or mat with your legs together, ankles flexed, and your arms reaching backwards close to your ears. Inhale with proper control as you raise your arms forward and shoulders pressed on the floor. The back should remain flat. Keep inhaling as you raise your head through your arms followed by your shoulders, upper back, and lower back. Exhale as you continue rolling forward slowly trying to touch your forehead to your knees. Reverse your movements to go back into first position to complete one rep. Repeat this exercise.
These exercises are guaranteed to challenge your midsection, particularly, your lower abs. It is important that you maintain proper posture for each of these exercises to get your muscles working properly to complete each task.