A healthy diet is one of the key ingredients for a perfect summer bod. Still, as you may already know, it is not enough to eat proper food to have killer abs, and perfectly toned arms and legs!

Regular exercise comes into play at this point. And since a prominent belly is usually 'the last standing enemy' on your way to have the body you dream of, you should definitely try some of the best exercises to flatten your stomach!

The Plank

The plank is one of the most effective exercises for stomach, especially because of its many different variants. You may opt among, or perform alternatively, the regular plank, the elbow plank, and the side plank.

The Regular Plank

The regular plank is an amazing exercise for stomach, but it also tones your thighs, bum and arms. Here's what you have to do. Place yourself into plank position - with your legs stretched back and your bum up, like you're about to do push-ups.

Make sure your whole body is straight, then tighten your butt and leg muscles, and your abs, while pressing your arms into the ground. Hold for as long as you can, but at least for 1-2 minutes.

When it comes to the elbow plank, you may resume the previously described position, only that this time you will lean on your elbows. Tighten your muscles and hold for at least 1 minute.

Last but not least, the side plank involves leaning on one arm, alternatively, while in plank position. The correct position has the weight of your body pressing on the foot below. Move your torso up and down as much as you can, and keep your free arm pointing to the ceiling. Hold for 1 minute, then repeat after a short break.

The Side Plank

The Crunch

You may hate crunches, but they're highly effective exercises to flatten stomach! Here's what you could do to sweeten this exercise for stomach a little bit.

Lie on your back on a mat, bend your knees, while keeping your feet flat on the ground. Then lift your chest as close as you can to the knees. Repeat as many times as you can, but don't overdo it on the first try.

The Boat

When it comes to lower stomach exercises, the boat is one of the best! To do it, sit on a mat with your knees bent, and your feet flat on the ground. Lift your legs and chest until you form a V, stretch your arms forward, while tightening your abs. Hold for approximately 30 seconds. Repeat as many times as you can.

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