Do Stability Training
How do you turn a bicep exercise into a core workout? Add a stability challenge! Do the exercise in a standing position and add an unstable surface under your feet (for example, stand on a small ball and try to balance using your core (stomach muscles)). That way you have to brace your core and use your abdominal muscles to balance and stay upright while you work your arms. You can add this kind of balance challenge to any exercise. Use tools like a wobble board or a bosu to enhance your stability training.
Boost Your NEAT
Effective workouts are essential, but your random daily activities also play a huge role in how many calories you burn everyday. Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) can help you to burn off excess belly fat. Make small changes to improve the number of calories you burn each day. For example, get up and walk for 10 minutes more while at work. Do the number of push-ups/crunches for what day it is, example: January 20th, do 20 push-ups and 20 crunches, etc. But don’t compensate by eating more!
Stay hydrated to stay energized and active. You’ll also reduce belly bloat from water retention if you maintain a well-hydrated body. Skip the high calorie sports drinks and sweetened drinks. Stick to homemade flavored water to keep your hydration habit cheap and healthy.
Pass Up Baked Goods
This is my own personal rule to get (and keep) flat abs. I love baked goods but there’s really nothing good about them as far as my abs are concerned. Cupcakes are awesome but they are bad for your belly. Baked treats often contain way too much sugar, tons of fat and almost no nutritional value. Many packaged baked goods also contain trans fat. If you really need dessert, have a small square of chocolate or a small scoop of ice cream. At least ice cream contains metabolism boosting protein – which is essential for weight loss.
Know your body type and dress to promote confidence and long, lean lines. You can fake flat abs with a well structured jacket or a tailored top.
Pick out something that is tighter around the midsection so that it will be motivation for you to get there.
Remember that in order to get flat abs you need to combine a good diet with a good training program and good genes. No one has a perfect midsection, but you can make the most of what you have with smart lifestyle decisions.