This 10-minute routine by fitness expert Riddhi Monga will help you tone and strengthen your deepest core muscles for a flatter, firmer belly. It combines highly effective Pilates moves with other exercises to help you get a tight, toned core that will support your every move and look gorgeous.
The hundred exercise: Bring the legs into a tabletop position, hip-width apart. Lift the arms up off the floor and lift the head, neck and chest upwards, being careful not to strain the neck but taking the pressure to the tummy. Start to pulse the arms up and down. Keep the tummy muscles tight and aim to continue for 50 seconds.
Lift and twist crunch: Lie on your back. Bring the hands behind the back of the neck, lift and twist the upper body to one side and bring your elbow towards the opposite knee. Lift and twist towards the other side, inhale return to starting position. Keep this movement going, and you can start to speed it up a little bit once you get comfortable with the exercise. Then, start to extend one leg out as you go. Aim for doing it for 30 seconds in one go.
Plank: Get down in a prone position on the floor similar to the way you’d do a push-up. Instead of your palms, use your forearms to support your weight. Make sure your arms are bent and below the shoulders. Keep your back straight and hold this position as long as possible. Try and do at least three sets of 30 seconds each. Hold the position for at least 45 seconds.
Scissor kicks: Lie down on your back with your arms fully extended and palms facing down. With a slight bend in your knees, lift your legs so that they are six inches off the ground. Now lift your left leg until your left heel is making a 45-degree angle with your right leg. Switch quickly moving your right leg up and lower your left leg. Do around 30 repetitions of this exercise.
Static tiger: Place your hands and knees on the floor. This is the starting position. Now lift up one leg and extend the opposite arm. Hold this static tiger pose for three deep breaths.Come back to the starting position and swap sides, extending the arm and opposite leg. You can look down towards the mat to keep the spine in line. This exercise will build core strength. Do it 5-6 times on both sides.