Nothing burns stomach fat easier than crunches. Crunches, according to some fitness experts, occupy the top rank among fat-burning exercises. It is high time you start including abs-crunching exercises to your daily routine.
Start by lying down flat with your knees bent and your feet on the ground. Lift your hands and then place them behind the head. You can also keep them crossed on the chest. Inhale deeply. As you lift the upper torso off the floor, you should exhale. Again inhale when you get back down and then exhale as you come up.
If you are a beginner, start doing crunches 10 times per set. Each day, you must accomplish two to three sets of crunches. Check out the video above for a detailed guide on how to do crunches.
2. Twist Crunches
Once you are familiar with regular crunches, you can modify the basic crunch to have a more effective and results-oriented tummy exercise.
Twist crunches are like your regular crunches. But in twist crunches, you have to lift the right shoulder towards your left, keeping the left torso on the ground.
When you are starting out, start doing twist crunches 10 times per set. You should aim for two to three sets of twist crunches in your daily routine. Check out the video above for more details on how to do twist crunches.
3. Side Crunch
This is almost the same as the twist crunch routine. The only thing you must do is to tilt your legs to the same side with your shoulders simultaneously. The side crunch focuses more on the muscles on your sides.
Aim for two to three sets of side crunches (10 times per set) every day. Check out the video above on how to do side crunches.
4. Reverse Crunches
You would notice that losing belly fat involves a lot of crunches and crunch variations. Now it is high time you do reverse crunches. Like the other crunch exercises, reverse crunches are another good exercise to lose belly fat, especially for women.
This is like the twist crunch exercise. Tilt the legs behind simultaneously with the shoulders. It is considered one of the best abdominal exercises for targeting the lower belly fat. Check out the video above for more details on how to do reverse crunches.
5. Vertical Leg Crunch
Lie flat on the mat or on the floor with legs extended upwards towards the ceiling and then one knee that is crossed over the other. Breathe in and then lift the upper body towards the pelvis. Breathe out slowly. Do about 12-16 crunches for two to three sets. Check out the video above on how to do vertical leg crunches.
6. Bicycle Exercise
Even if you do not have a bicycle, you can still do this exercise. Lie on the mat or on the floor and keep your hands either behind your head or by your side as you do in crunches. Lift both the legs off the ground and then bend them at the knees. Bring the right knee close to the chest, keeping the left leg out. Then take the right leg out and bring the left leg close to the chest. Alternate bending the knees as if you are using a bicycle.
7. Rolling Plank Exercise
The rolling plank trains your body muscles around the abdomen, hip and lower back. Position yourself on the mat or on the floor with the knees as well as elbows resting on the ground. Keep the neck aligned with the spine. Look forward. Then lift the knees up and support the legs on the toes. Contract the knees and keep your breathing normally. This is what you call the plank pose. Stay in this position for 30 seconds. Now, begin moving to and fro for about 30 seconds.
This is what you call the rolling plank exercise. Lie down on the mat or floor sideways. Support your body on right elbow and right leg. The elbow should then be perpendicular to your shoulder and your left leg should be above your right leg, making sure they are together. Keep the knees straight. The hips should also not be touching the ground. Hold this posture for about 30 seconds. Once you are comfortable, you can hold this position for about one to two minutes.
Repeat with the other side too.
While in this posture, you can lift the leg placed on the top and bring it back again. This would make for a more effective exercise as it is not only for the abs but also for your thighs and hips.
Cardio is one of the best ways to burn your calories and lose unwanted flab from the body. Walking is one of the first cardio exercises you should have as it is a good and effective method to burn away that belly fat. If you implement a healthy diet plus walking at a good steady pace for about 30-45 minutes four to five days every week or more, you will soon witness a change in the weight. This low-impact exercise can increase your metabolism and heart rate. It has a decreased risk of injuries and is regarded to be an efficient workout for beginners.
You have to prevent the body from getting used to workout routines that are fixed. Hence, you may need to switch occasionally. How about running? It is a good effective way of keeping your heart rate up, lose calories, and reduce belly fat.
If you are not into running, try jogging. Research shows that jogging is better at breaking down unwanted belly fat when compared with weightlifting. This is a good form of aerobic exercise that is useful for fighting fat and staying fit.