While too much fat anywhere in your body should be a health concern, belly fat can be particularly troubling if not addressed. However, working your core and incorporating a day or two of more vigorous exercise (high-intensity training) into your weekly schedule can help reduce excess fat around your middle.
Here are some exercises that can help you get rid of that stomach fat without the need to turn to strict diets or expensive supplements. The best part is that you even don’t need to go to the gym to do them.
The plank is a great way to start your routine. It puts the muscles of the entire body to work while strengthening your abdomen, glutes and lower back.
With your face down, support yourself on your forearms and tips of your toes. Position your elbows directly under your shoulders and at a 90 degree angle. Balance your weight while keeping your body straight, forming a perfectly straight line from the crown of your head to your heels.
Make sure to contract your abs and hold the position for at least 30 seconds. Do this every day for two or three sets, gradually increasing the duration of the hold.
Using weights while doing oblique exercises is a great way to lose some inches from the stomach and waist.
Lie down on the floor or a mat with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground.Tuck your feet under a heavy object or have a workout partner hold them down. Lift your upper body off the ground so that your torso and thighs for a V-shape.
While holding a 5-pound weight in front of your abdominals with your arms bent, move back and forth from left to right, and do 3 sets of 10 repetitions.
Lower abs exercises can get your whole core working more efficiently and serve to reduce inches.
Lie facing up with both of your legs forming a 90-degree angle to the floor. While keeping your abs tight, lower your legs without allowing your feet to touch the floor. Hold this position briefly for about 5 seconds and rise again. Do 4 sets of 10 repetitions.
KNEES TO THE CHEST
This is a great exercise to start working those tummy muscles.
Start in a plank position (supporting yourself over the forearms and on the tips of your toes). Bring your left knee in towards the right side of your chest, making sure you squeeze your abs and then return to the initial position. Repeat this movement with the other leg and alternate as many times as possible.
Wheel exercises are perfect for working out the abdominal muscles.
Support yourself on the knees and tightly grab both sides of the wheel. Push your torso up into a plank position and hold for 30 seconds making sure to engage your core. Pull yourself back to the initial position with a slow movement. Repeat this 20 times.
Crunches are very effective in burning belly fat.
Lie on the floor with your hands behind your head. With your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, lift your upper torso (just your right shoulder towards the left) while keeping the left side of your torso on the ground. Repeat this movement for the other side and do this 10 times.
If you really want to lose that extra weight around your midsection, it is necessary to make some lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just try a few sit-ups and call it a day. It requires considerable effort on your part by maintaining a healthy diet and ramping up your workouts.
But sticking with a fitness and lifestyle plan that works for you will yield results and give you that sculpted stomach you’ve always wanted!