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Exercises to Target the Front Lower Abdomen in Women

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author image Brenda Barron
Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.
Exercises to Target the Front Lower Abdomen in Women
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One of the most common areas to bloat or develop fat in women is the lower abdomen. This area gets bloated, saggy or accumulates fat as you get older, have had a child or become inactive. However, numerous exercises can be performed to target the front lower abdomen, slim down the waistline and help you lose weight overall.

Reverse Crunches

One exercise you can do is the reverse crunch. This exercise targets your lower abs and can help eliminate your belly pooch. To perform it, lie on an exercise mat with your legs bent at a 90-degree angle with your shins parallel to the floor. Put your arms at your sides, tighten your abs and lift your pelvis off the floor. Your knees should move closer to your chest. Lower back down and repeat at least 12 times.

Leg Lifts

Another exercise women can do to tone the front lower abdomen is the leg lift. This tones your hips and thighs as well. To begin, lie on the floor with your legs out straight and rest your hands beneath your lower back. Tighten your abs, squeeze your thighs together and lift both legs off the floor at the same time. Keep your legs together as they lift toward the ceiling, then lower them back down to about 6 inches off the floor. Repeat as many times as you can while maintaining proper form.

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Leg Twists

The leg twist, also known as the windshield wiper, works by toning your lower abdominal muscles and your sides or obliques at the same time. This gives you a sculpted waistline and eliminates the belly pooch. Start by lying on the floor with your arms out to your sides and your legs straight up in the air. Point your toes, tighten your abs and squeeze your legs together as you lower your legs toward the right. Keep your left shoulder on the floor as you twist. Maintain control as you bring your legs back to the middle then to the right. Repeat on both sides 12 times.

Aerobic Activity

Aerobic exercise is essential for eliminating lower abdominal fat in women and men. Along with diet, there's no other way to burn calories and lose weight. Any exercise you do that gets your heart rate up will help eliminate fat in this area as well as from other troublesome spots on your body. According to Harvard Health Publications, you need at least 30 minutes of exercise such as walking, jogging, biking or dancing five times a week.

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