The wedding is the trigger that motivates many people to get in shape. Ideally the right time to begin is about six months before the wedding. But what if your wedding is sooner? Not to worry. You can do wonders even with a three-month regimen. Even 1 ½ months will show results... You just have to realize that you're not going to lose more than a couple of kilos. But you can tone some key muscles so that even if you don't lose a significant amount of weight, you will stand taller, have more energy and feel better, and your clothes will definitely fit and look better. Your midriff is the most important part of the body at this time as it helps you hold yourself up and look and feel good in your wedding dress.
Anatomically, the abdominal region has 4 important skeletal muscles which should be trained well to get flat board abs.
Exercise for rectus abdominis
Begin by lying on the ground flat on your back. With your hands up beside your head, lift your legs off the ground to a 45° angle. Exhale and contract the abs to lift your torso off the ground at a 45° angle as well. Contracting the abs, move the legs in a pedalling motion, touching the left elbow to the right knee. Alternate and repeat. Focus on keeping the rectus abdominis contracted during the entire exercise. When doing this exercise, be certain not to pull the head toward your legs with your hands, as it will place unnecessary strain on the neck, while reducing the effectiveness of the exercise.
Exercise for external oblique and internal oblique
Lie on your back, with your left hand supporting your head, elbow pointing forward. Lift both legs off the floor, taking your right leg over your left, crossing at your knees. Inhale and slowly contract your lower abs, bringing your right knee up towards your chest, whilst lifting your upper-body, focusing on taking your left elbow to your right knee. Exhale and slowly go back to the starting position, knees turned out, shoulders lowered back to the floor. Aim to work one side at a time, then change sides; you should note however, that because all of your abdominal muscles were working whilst twisting to the initial side at the beginning, you may find it harder to perform the same amount of reps once changing sides. Aim for 2 sets of 10-15 reps each side.
Exercise for transverse abdominis
Lie on the floor face-down, feet together. Prop your torso up on your elbows with your elbows positioned directly underneath your shoulders, or slightly in front of your shoulders. Clasp your hands together. Tuck your toes under, the same way you would if you were about to do a push up. Brace your arms and shoulders for the load. Locking your knees, extend your hips (imagine trying to drive your toes into the ground). You should now be hovering over the ground with your body weight spread between your forearms and your toes. Relax your chest and allow your shoulders to slide back into a locked position. Your body should now be in a straight line, horizontal to the ground. Hold this plank exercise position for as long as you comfortably can (typically 15-60 seconds for an untrained body). Repeat the plank exercise once or twice.