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Belly dancers aren't just wiggling and jiggling their hips; they're getting an ab workout that sculpts almost every single muscle in their core -- even the hard-to-target, deep transverse abdominals, says Rania Androniki Bossonis, author of Belly Dancing for Fitness (Fair Winds Press, 2004). Do this 10-minute routine once a day and you'll shimmy your way to a sexy stomach.
Stand with hands on hips and feet together.Targets: Tectus Abdominus and Obliques
Standing with feet hip-width apart and arms slightly lifted at sides, shift your hips to the right, as if you were hula-hooping.Targets: Obliques and Glutes
Stand with arms out to sides and feet hip-width apart.Targets: Lower Portion of Rectus Abdominus
Lift right hip and heel and lean to the right.Targets: Lower Portion of Rectus Abdominus and Obliques
Stand with arms out to sides and a few inches behind you.Targets: Rectus Abdominus (not shown)
Originally published in Fitness magazine, September 2005.