A slim, sexy stomach is something most of us covet. Unfortunately, you can’t just exercise your way to it. A lot has to do with what you put into your mouth. I find that one contributor to a bloated belly is gluten. That’s why I choose to eliminate it from my diet. But not everyone can (or wants to!), especially since it pops up in everything from salad dressing to soy sauce. I advise women to try giving up gluten for a week and see how they feel. Rather not? Simply stick to whole grains, which are a much healthier choice than the overly processed alternatives. A cleaner diet, along with the following moves, will improve your core by the end of the month.
Diagonal pike legs:
Lie faceup with legs together and extended straight out. Rotate hips slightly to left so that legs are on a left diagonal. Place left hand lightly on the back of the head and extend right arm straight out to the side, palm facedown (A). Crunch up and lift legs, keeping legs on the diagonal (B). Slowly lower back to the floor. Do 30 to 40 reps; repeat on another side.
Make sure abs are engaged from the start.
Have a ball: