Anyone who has worked out at least for a month will know that reducing belly fat is the hardest part. Unlike all other muscle groups, the abdomen area requires a constant amount of effort and training to really get that flat stomach. Remember, that cardio will always be needed to lose belly fat, as you cannot ‘spot reduce’ on your body. You need to bring down your overall body fat percentage. However, with that being said, mixing cardio with these simple exercises will help to lose fat but also tone your abs.
Without a shadow of a doubt, crunches are the best form of exercise to burn those belly fat. In fact, it is the fastest way to reduce the belly in your abdomen area. And the best part is, it is a very simple routine that you can practically do anywhere. Just lie down on a flat surface and get to work. Start by laying down on the ground and keeping your knees bent and the feet on the ground. Place your hands beneath your head and keep them closed on the chest. Now lift your upper torso as high as you can without bending your back. Then go back to the original position. That’s one rep completed. If you are a beginner, then try doing 10 crunches a set and then improve from there.
4. Twist Crunches
Now that you know what crunches are, you can move on to something a bit more advanced. Only once you have mastered the crunch do go for this particular move set. You start off on your back with the legs bent, and feet on the ground. In this case, instead of moving upwards, you are to rise up sideways. Move your right torso towards the left side while your left torso remains on the ground. The idea is to affect the side region of your abdomen area thereby eliminating the fat on the sides of your belly.
3. Reverse Crunch
You might be getting a little tired of seeing all these crunches but trust me, these variations of crunches will help you lose that belly fat and get you into that dress or shirt that no longer fits you. Reverse crunches are very vital actually. You will notice even the skinniest of people have a little bit of fat on their lower abdomen. This is because the traditional crunches don’t affect that area. Therefore, you have to do reverse crunches. Lie down on the ground as you do for a normal crunch with hands behind your head and all that. While you lift your torso, lift your legs upwards towards your chest. Do this two things simultaneously to really feel the burn on the abdomen region. Remember, if it hurts, then you are doing it right!
2. Bicycle crunches
If you really want to push yourself to the limits then bicycle crunches should be your next challenge. This is a very high impact, an energetic exercise that can greatly affect your abdomen region, thereby helping to reduce the belly fat. Lie on the ground or mat floor and keep your hands behind your head or beside it. Lift off both the legs and keep them bent at the knees. Bring the left knee close to the chest while keeping the other knee out. Then do the alternate. You will be moving your torso and legs in a pedaling manner.
If you think crunches aren’t your thing then lose the belly fat in the old traditional way; by running. The best time to go for a run is early morning before leaving for school or work. Get up a bit early and hit the road. Run a few kilometers to get your body started as well as to lose those few extra pounds building up on your belly. Now a lot of people may want to run at home on the treadmill which is absolutely fine. But personally, running on the road or the track is more effective as the change in scenery keeps you going for longer periods and you don’t tire out easily as you have a set goal and distance in mind.