Awesome Ways To Flatten Your Belly

A toned, flat tummy is a goal many of us strive to achieve, but endless crunches and ditching all your favorite foods isn't the right way to do it (and let's be honest; really has no chance of working—who wants to live like that?). Fortunately, a flat belly can be attained just by incorporating small changes into your day. Here are 25 simple ways to flatten your belly.

Take your gossip session on a walk.
Instead of catching up with friends over food and drinks, suggest a reunion on the move—you're likely to work out 104% harder if you have an exercise buddy. Suggest a weekly walk-and-talk session, form a friendly fitness club, or take advantage of gym specials together. You'll motivate everyone to get moving while you grow even closer.

Fry fat with The Boat Move.
Target your deepest ab muscles with The Boat: Lie face up on a mat with arms straight up over chest. Lift your upper body off the ground by rolling through the spine. At the same time, raise your legs so that you're balancing on your butt, knees bent and shins parallel to the ground. Slowly roll back down onto the mat, lowering legs. That’s 1 rep. Do 5 reps per set, resting 30 to 60 seconds between sets.

Skip your daily soda habit.
Where do you think all those bubbles from carbonated drinks end up? They gang up in your belly! (Yes, even diet: Check out all 7 Nasty Side Effects of Drinking Diet Soda.) Swap soda, diet soda, and seltzer for Sassy Water, our slimming staple beverage. 

Sleep away belly fat.
Research from the University of Chicago shows that those who sleep 7 hours or more a night lose twice as much fat and are less hungry than those who get less than 7 hours of shut-eye. If sleeping's a struggle for you, these 20 ways to sleep better every night can help.

 Keep peanut butter in your diet.
One serving of peanut butter has 2 g of fiber and 8 g of protein, on top of belly-busting MUFAs. Try this easy recipe to add a flat belly punch to dinner: Toss a ½-cup of whole grain noodles with 3 ounces cooked shrimp, minced scallions, and ¼ cup sliced red bell pepper. Dress with a mixture of 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 tablespoons warm water, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.

5 Ways to Clear your Mind

1. Cut Stress. Depression, stress and anxiety all tax the same area of your brain that is responsible for memory. This means when anyone of these things are running rampant in your life your memory will suffer, sometimes greatly. Finding a healthy way to relieve stress or elevate depression will not only be felt in an overall boost of quality of life, but can also give an almost magical improvement to memory. Some methods that have worked again and again: meditation, yoga or even spending relaxing time with a pet. Give these a try and see what you think.
2. Get the Blood Flowing. Exercise isn't only great for your body, but it’s equally good for your long and short term memory. Get moving, keep your blood flowing in a healthy manner consistently and what you thought was a bad memory will likely be replaced by a more youthful mind that is less prone to forgetfulness. Cardiovascular exercise is king in granting this benefit so running, swimming, riding the bike or clocking in on the rowing machine are all good choices here.
3. Do Puzzles. Brain games like word puzzles, Sudoku and crosswords are not only a fun way to pass a little time they are also a good memory work out. Do them often enough and your memory will respond to them just as well as your body would going to the gym. If you are so inclined there’s more than a few online brain games that have been developed specifically to boost memory and other areas of cognition. A quick Google search will give you a whole assortment to choose from, some free and some not.
4. Eat More Fish and Legumes. Making a few simple diet improvements is a sure way to improve memory if you aren't eating enough fish and legumes. How much is enough? Think one serving of legumes (like beans or lentils) a day and four servings of fish a week. Healthy fat containing fish like salmon, mackerel and anchovies are best, though other fish are also good in a pinch. Getting a Memory boost from fish is classic advice that’s still sound today, so don’t ignore it!
5. Sleep More. Lack of adequate sleep can have a devastating effect on our memories and other important mental functions. In fact not sleeping well one night can take up to three good night’s sleep to recover from. If you are hoping to boost memory being sure to get a solid eight or more hours of uninterrupted sleep a night is absolutely essential, Be sure your room is cool, dark and free of distractions like the television or music playing when it’s time for sleep. Repeat this for a week and don’t be surprised if you feel reborn! Sleep well and watch your memory improve effortlessly.

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