According to Women's Health, some basic stomach-flattening exercises are the plank, side plank, glute bridge march and lunge with rotation. Advanced stomach-flattening exercises include the plank with arm lift, side plank with rotation, hip-thigh raise and reverse lunge with single-arm press.
Women's Health states that the exercises mentioned should be performed three times a week on non-consecutive days and recommends beginning with the basic stomach-flattening exercises in order to prime the muscles. Trainers may start performing the advanced exercises after three weeks. Women's Health emphasizes the importance of performing warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after abdominal workouts, such as jogging or biking for three to five minutes.
Cardio in general is an excellent way to get a flatter stomach. The stomach often has extra fat, which is reduced by burning calories with cardio exercises. Aerobic exercise can burn up to 67 percent more calories than resistance training. Walking is an excellent, easy and free form of cardio. It can either be done at home, in a gym on the treadmill, by walking around the mall or neighborhood, or by taking short walks during a break at work. Walking with someone else can also increase the enjoyment of this type of cardio exercise.
For someone who does not have time to fit in a walk or other aerobic exercise, cleaning the house is a good way to burn belly fat. Cleaning tasks like sweeping, vacuuming and mopping the floors are great ways to get an easy workout.
For belly exercises, try a roll-up exercise that uses a resistance band. This involves holding the band between both hands and lying on the floor. Put the arms forward, and extend the legs. Pull the abs in while lifting the arms toward the ceiling and slowly rolling the body up, until the torso lifts. This is a great way to work the ab muscles and start getting a flat belly.