A common complaint from woman that want to get into shape in time for summer bikini season, is that it is too hard and exhausting to get a flat stomach. While it is true that all exercise is stressful in the beginning, often it is simply because of wrong technique. Men and women have different muscle tissue. Men’s muscles have developed to be short and explosive for use in combat and hunting, while women have longer muscle fibers, that are better suited for endurance.
So if you are a woman, you should not do the same abdominal exercises as men, simply because you will not benefit a lot, and they will hurt more than they do good. Exercises to stay away from is all kinds of weighted crunches, whether it is holding a weight on your chest or doing abdominal crunches on a incline. Those exercises are specifically tailored towards mens explosive power and is not what you are looking for.
Instead go for abdominal exercises with many repetitions.
One such abdominal exercise is the bicycle crunch where you lie flat on your back, with your hands behind your head, and pull your knee to your opposite elbow and switch. This is a very good and easy exercise to really target those abs.
Remember that doing abdominal exercises is only half the battle. A good balanced diet is just as important if you want to get in shape and lose fat. Try to stick to it and imagine how great you will feel come summer!