Another toning exercise that you can use to flatten your abs as well as define the muscles is the levitating lift. Again, you will be laying flat on your back on the floor with your hands at your sides, palms down. You want to lift both your legs and your head up a few inches, while concentrating on your abdominal muscles.
This is similar to the leg lifts and the first time that you attempt this exercise, you will most likely not be able to get much off of the ground. This can seem impossible at first, but as you continue working at it, you will be able to lift up your head and your legs at the same time. While this is similar to the leg lift exercise, it exercises another part of the abdominal muscles and will further work towards sculpting the abdominals.
When you are exercising on the floor, toning your muscles so that you can have the perfect abs, you should have an exercise mat. This is not only more sanitary to use, but is also more comfortable for your head and neck. You should try to do these toning exercises in repetitions of 8 each and work on as many as you can at a time. Do not get discouraged. Although these exercises may seem to be hard at first, in time they will get to be much easier. And you will get satisfaction by seeing toned and healthy looking abs!
If you are overweight and need to lose weight before you can even see your abdominal muscles, you should still work on these toning exercises. They will help tone your muscles and make it easier for you to lose weight. Toning exercises work well in combination with lower body cardiovascular exercises to give you the perfect abs.