Time at your desk can be used to incorporate tummy firming tricks
You don't have to go to the gym to get a tummy workout -- you can do many exercises from the comfort of a chair, couch or any other seat. Firming your stomach while you sit can be as simple as maintaining good posture, but you can also incorporate exercises while you're seated. You can even incorporate cardio, an essential tool in burning fat, into your sitting time.
Seated Jumping Jacks
Cardio is important for firming your tummy because it is an essential tool in burning fat -- use seated jumping jacks to do cardio from your chair. This exercise is low impact and keeps your joints safe. To do seated jumping jacks, begin by sitting on the edge of your chair. Raise your arms above your head and spread your feet as though you were doing a standing jumping jack, then bring your limbs back to your original position. Repeat the motion for three sets of 20.
Practicing proper posture is a simple way to tone your tummy. Sitting up straight will keep your torso engaged. Erect posture becomes a de facto exercise when you squeeze your knees together and draw your stomach toward your spine. Pull your shoulders back and down without engaging your neck to maintain the position. Hold this posture for as long as you can.
Doing ab twisters while seated will work your sides and strengthen your core, helping to firm your tummy. Cross your arms at your chest and contract your abs. Turn to the right on an exhale, then inhale and return to center. Repeat the exercise for your left side and do three sets 20 reps total -- 10 for each side.
Chair crunches are a seated modification of the common crunch. Begin this exercise by leaning back in your chair until you feel tension in your stomach. You can grasp the bottom of the chair or keep your arms on the armrests. Extend your legs from the chair, then pull your knees toward your chest. Do this exercise for two sets of 20 reps.
Seated Leg Raise
Seated leg raises engage your lower abs and create a stronger and firmer tummy. Lean back with your feet on the ground. Hold the bottom of your chair for support. Raise your knees to your chest, keeping your back straight, then lower your feet to the ground. Do this exercise for two sets of 20 reps.