5 Tummy Flattening Exercise Tutorials

These 5 tummy flattening exercises, protein shake recipes and shopping trip have been compensated by EAS Sports Nutrition. #easbrand #PowerinProtein

5 Tummy Flattening Exercise Tutorials #PowerInProtein #easbrand

Being a wife and momma is the most challenging work I do. It takes a lot of sacrifice that I willingly give even to my own detriment. 

Sometimes I’ve given so much, that I didn’t leave enough for myself. My husband saw that, which he admired, but he felt it wasn’t healthy to give everything to the family and not take care of myself. I wasn’t eating like I should, dressing up or exercising. 

We sat down and made some changes so that I could take care of my health and well being. This included planning meals I liked and exercising. When I started eating better and exercising, I began feeling better mentally and physically.

If you’re struggling in they area, I want to help you just like my husband helped me. First, I’m going to show you how to prepare a simple protein packed workout shake using EAS® 100% Whey Protein. Then I’ll show you my favorite tummy flattening exercises. After having four children, it’s one of the areas that’s hardest to keep toned. I used to wear girdles to hide my bulge, but I got tired of that real quick. Instead, I decided to find a routine that targeted my stomach and fit into my busy schedule.

So let’s start with the protein shake. In the morning before I workout, I make a Banana Strawberry protein shake using EAS® 100% Whey Protein. Here’s the recipe.

Banana Strawberry Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop of EAS® 100% Whey Protein (vanilla)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon of Flax Seed
  • 1 cup of 2% milk or vanilla Almond milk

Instructions

1. Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend on high for about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy.

There are a lot of protein powders on the market, but be careful of trying to go super cheap. Look at the ingredients and test the flavors.  EAS® is one of my favorites because of the flavor and the way the powder dissolves. Some powders don’t mix well and produce a lumpy shake which I don’t like.

The newest EAS® formula has 30g of protein which is the ideal amount your body needs to recover after a workout. It has no fillers, no added sugar and no proprietary blends, only high-quality pure whey protein.”Proprietary blends” means it has a combination of ingredients, instead of pure ones. 

Pre Workout Protein Shake

After drinking my shake I work on an abdominal exercises at home. Here is my step-by-step abdominal exercise routine. 

Crunches – 100 times

My complete abdominal exercise takes about 30 minutes. 

I begin with my back flat on the mat. I lift my chest, contract my abdominal muscles and reach my finger tips toward my ankles. I do this 100 times.
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Crunch Twist – 15 times per side

Then I complete 30 crunch twists alternating from side to side. This works the lower abdominal muscles and obliques. This exercise is key to making sure I tone up evenly. I don’t want to have a flat stomach with pudginess on the sides of my midsection. 

To do the exercise, I start with my back and both feet flat on the floor. Next, I place my finger tips behind my head. Now, I lift my upper body, and slower bring my right elbow in toward my left knee. Then I lower my foot and back to the start position. I repeat the process on the alternate side, doing 15 reps per side totaling 30 Crunch Twists.

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Alternating Planks – 60 times

I like to do Alternating Planks for my third exercise but, you could also hold a full plank for 60 seconds if you’re a beast. To alternate, I start in the elbow plank position with my legs extended, and feet slightly apart. Then I switch to a full plank. A full plank is legs extended, feet slightly apart and both hands planted directly below my shoulders. I hold each position for a second or so and switch until I’ve reach 60 reps. 

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Next, I move on the Knee- Under Planks which work the abdominal muscles as well as arms, legs and back. 

Knee-Under Planks – 20 times per side

For these, I start in a Full Plank position. Then, I lift my left foot from the floor while bringing my left knee in under my body toward my right side. 

There will be a little rotation involved in order to get that knee-under affect, but that’s what you want. That rotation helps work those obliques we talked about. I alternate using my left and right leg, 10 times per side.

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Lying Leg Raises – 15 times

Lying Leg Raises are one of the hardest exercise for me. By now my core is tired and I really have to fight the urge to lift my back off the floor when lowering my legs. I start with my legs in the air with my body at about a 90 degree angle. I slowly lower my legs toward the floor, as far as I can without allowing my lower back to lift up from the floor. I hold for a second and lift my legs back to my start position. I repeat this 15 times.

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Side Plank – 15 times

The last exercise I do is the Side Plank. I start by lying on my side on the mat. Then I put my hand  on the  mat under my shoulder perpendicular to my body. Next, I place my upper leg directly on top of my lower leg. Then I straighten my knees and hips.

Now I slowly raise my body upward by straightening my waist and making my body ridged.  I hold myself in that position for two seconds then lower my hips and legs back to the floor. I repeat the process 15 times on both the right and left sides of my body.

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By now, I’m hot, sweaty and in need of recovery so I make a post workout shake using one scoop of EAS® 100% Whey Protein and 1 cup of vanilla Almond milk. 

Post Workout Protein Shake #PowerInProtein #easbrand

It was so fun partnering with EAS®  to create this tutorial and these recipes. You can find EAS® 100% Whey Protein at Walmart in the Pharmacy area or order it online from Walmart.com

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    24 Comments

    1. I never use protein powder but I probably should! I need to find some here in Norway that isn't to expensive though. I also rarely do ab training because I have horrible diastasis recti and I was told to never do regular ab trainings cause it can make it worse…

    2. Those exercises would really help strengthen your core muscles and tone your belly. I used to exercise a lot, but have fallen behind because of all those pressing deadlines at work. Thank you for the reminder. I'm tweaking my schedule so I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise.

    3. These exercises look easy enough for me to incorporate into my home workout routine. I will also keep an eye out for the whey protein. I need to up my nutrition as well.

    4. What a wonderful husband! I'm in the same boat. I'm not prioritizing my health right now and I need to be reflective on what needs to change in order for me to get my workouts in once again.

    5. Since we do a lot of traveling,… I take protein powder with me when we go. In Las Vegas, I drank a protein powder drink every morning for breakfast for 3 weeks. You know, I was hardly hungry the rest of the day.

    6. Saidah, I have neglected my health BIG TIME! My tummy will love you once I start using these exercises. I have recently started drinking homemade protein shakes, so I appreciate the recipes, too.

    7. Great to know! Once baby #7 arrives this will be so helpful, I'll want to get right back on it asap! – Jeanine

    8. since I stopped working outside of the home, I've also fallen into the bad habit of just doing for everyone else and not myself. I need to get myself back on track too – thanks for the reminder and the exercises.

    9. I am starting to get that drive that you have. I need to learn a lot more about nutrition, I am exercising the most time I have is approximately 15 to 20 minutes if I'm lucky. But I do go to the gym each day and if I can't make it to the gym then I do some kind of exercise at home. I really would love to have my core a lot better than what it looks now.

    10. I admire your drive! I always start an exercise program, do it for several months along with clean eating and then fall off the wagon. I need to start again and these tummy exercises are a perfect jump start as the weight in my tummy area has started creeping back on.

    Okay love...let me know what you think!