7 Small Changes You Can Make Every Day for Flatter Abs

Habits for Flatter Abs

Whether the goal is to trim down for bikini season or just feel healthier in your own skin, it can be frustrating when you hit a road block. Fortunately, we've found small tweaks you can change in your daily routine to help push you past that flat-abs plateau. (Also try these sneaky tips for toning your abs during any workout.)

RELATED: J.Lo Shows Off Her Toned Abs in Her Latest Bikini Photo—Here's What She Does to Keep Them Strong

Learn to Relax

There are four times more cortisol receptors (basically tiny stress-hormone magnets) in belly fat compared with subcutaneous fat (the fat that sits just beneath your skin), according to a study in Psychosomatic Medicine. This means if you stress out a lot, fat...

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The Life Motto Hannah Bronfman Lives By

There’s no shortage of talk about mindfulness. In fact, a growing amount of research is exploring the connection between our brains and our bodies. Whether or not Hannah Bronfman knows it, the catchphrase that the HBFIT founder lives by is at the core of this way of thinking.

“My personal mantra would be, ‘Mind right, body tight,’" Bronfman tells Health. "And that is because I think a lot of people lose sight of why they work out, and for me it is more of a mind-body connection. So that kind of reminds me that it’s not just about the physical, it’s about the mental as well.”

Clearly Bronfman’s brain is in alignment with her frame because her workouts—from one-legged deadlifts while balancing...

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Dumbbell Box Step-Overs Will Give You Your Tightest Butt Ever

When it comes to leg day, it doesn’t get more classic than the squat. But if a squat is the only lower-body movement in your leg-day routine, not only do you risk getting bored, but you’re missing a chance to work not only your legs and glutes but your core and upper body, too.

Enter: the dumbbell box step-over. The exercise is a lot like a box step-up, but with the addition of two weights, either dumbbells or kettlebells. Stepping not just up but over taxes and tones the lower body in a different way than just squatting. “Dumbbell box step-overs are a challenging movement and a great way to train and challenge the entire body, but also more specifically to sculpt and train the gluteus maximus, hamstrings, quads, core, and even upper body,” explains...

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This Simple Stair Test Could Predict Your Risk of Dying

Last year around this time, I made it my New Year’s resolution to take one extra flight of stairs every day at the office. I arrive every morning smugly congratulating myself for being a superior human being for not taking the escalator. Oh and I also happen to live in a third-floor walk-up apartment. Nothing could have prepared me more for headlines this morning that how well you do on a new stair test could determine your risk of dying.

Those headlines are riffing off a new study presented at a European Society of Cardiology meeting in Milan this week. Spanish researchers found that high performers on an exercise test had a lower risk of death from heart disease, cancer, or other causes, and the level of fitness required for those life-extending benefits turns out to...

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Your Peloton Membership Just Got a Lot Better

If you're a Peloton fan, you’ll love their latest offering: yoga. That’s right, the brand best known for its high-energy, interactive indoor and streaming cycling classes, and more recently their treadmill classes, is now ready to help you get Zen.

To start, there will be four live yoga classes taught each day by one of three instructors: Aditi Shah, Anna Greenberg, and Kristin McGee. Classes will range from 20 to 45 minutes, and will include a variety of styles, including Vinyasa flow, a vigorous power yoga, a restorative class, a basics class geared towards helping beginners build the foundation of a practice, and even guided meditation. Plus, a bank of yoga content that will be available anywhere, any time.

Studio classes for new members will...

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