Don’t worry! You are not alone when it comes to dealing with stubborn belly fat!
Trust me, there will come a time where everyone must deal with a bit of flab in the abdominal area, including people with flat, well-toned stomachs. While eating the right foods and properly portioning your meals regularly can be effective, putting in some of the physical work yourself will not only scare off those extra pounds, but will also do wonders to your appearance and self-confidence!
Of course, the journey to weight loss may take time, and it can be rather difficult keeping yourself motivated when you don’t see the results to your efforts right away, but I promise you, it most certainly will all pay off in the long run!
So, without further ado, here are 7 amazing workout routines to help you lose all that annoying belly fat!
Crunches are the most common and effective way to lose your belly fat. To do a crunch, lie down flat on your back while bending your knees and keeping your feet firmly planted on the floor. Next, you ideally would place your hands behind your head before bringing your shoulders towards your hips, but you can also place your hands out in front of you or cross them on your chest. Repeat this action 20 to 30 times a session before taking short breaks.
There are actually a couple of way’s you can use crunches to strengthen your lower abdomen, some of which include single leg crunches, sit-up twists, half crunches, and elbow to leg crunches. To feel that strong burn in your lower and upper abdomen you may also use the concept of crunches to perform other useful workout routines, so long as your putting the work into building a strong foundation for your rectus abdominus (your six pack muscle).
2. Side Bends
Stretching first thing in the morning is an excellent way to start your day, so why not use it to also help shake off that extra visceral fat.
This simple workout routine tones and strengthens the sides of your abdominal region. To do so, stand with your feet apart while raising one arm above your head, and keeping the other close to your hip. Lower your free arm to the side in a reaching position without moving your upper body. Hold this stretch for 15 to 20 seconds each before repeating on the other arm, and make sure you feel the muscles stretching all along the sides of your lower body to your shoulders with every move.
You can also use small handheld dumbbells or weights to increase pressure and further tighten your core muscles. The more controlled and paced your movements are, the greater affect this routinely workout will give you.
3. Mountain Climber
Have you ever been mountain climbing? Unfortunately, I’ve never been, but you don’t necessarily need the professional experience to master this technique!
Get into a high-plank position on the floor with your wrists directly under your shoulder. Keep your core tight as you drive one knee towards your chest while the other remains straight, then quickly draw back your leg while repeating the same method with the other leg. Go back and forth like this at a quick and even pace for about 20 to 30 seconds, and don’t forget to breath while doing so!
This hardcore work out can be intense within the first couple of sessions, but as you continue to push through each one the end results to your efforts will not disappoint you in the slightest! If you also decide to use this technique as a regular part of your workout regimen, your abdomen alone won’t be the only part of your body that will strengthen your legs and upper arms.
4. Prisoner Squat Jump
Squats are amazing when it comes to working through all that unwanted belly fat, but prepare yourself for the inevitable burn of this intense workout! After all, no pain no gain!
Stand with your feet and shoulders apart before squatting down as low as you can, and as your bringing yourself back up jump as high as you can with your feet off the ground. Land into another squatting position before repeating this pattern several more times; I recommend you go for three sets of 15 to 20 squat jumps in under 2 minutes.
While this technique is intentionally used to build up leg muscle, tightening your torso with ever squat will just as effectively melt your stomach fat. Be careful not to overexert yourself doing this, and make sure to take breaks in between set.
By holding yourself in a planking position you are building up both strength and endurance for your upper body and lower abdomen. However, to specifically target your belly fat tighten your core muscles while going through this routine.
Fortunately, there are multiple ways to target your abdominal muscles using the planking method, however, to properly position yourself for basic planking simply place your hands on the floor with your arms out stretched, almost as if you were getting ready to do a push up. Maintain that stance for 30 seconds to one minute before taking a break and trying again. For other positions, you can use your elbows to prop yourself up while lifting one leg or one arm (the side plank). If your ready to challenge yourself try out each of these methods one minute apart for a total of 5 minutes of a proper workout.
Space your planking through out the day and do 3 to 4 times of it daily to see immediate results, and watch as the fat practically melts off your stomach!
The burpee is very similar to prisoner jump squats; however, this classic workout routine is a four-count movement consisting of four steps instead of two. As silly as the name may be, this workout is by far the most effective one when it comes to toning your stomach, but for beginners it is also considered to be the most difficult.
To pull off a burpee, stand up straight while spreading your legs evenly before getting into a squatting position with your hands on the ground. Next, kick your feet back into a hand planking position while both arms are extended. When your finished, return to your feet in another squatting position for a few seconds before properly straightening yourself out. Repeat this method for 5 to 10 minutes at a time – for beginners, start small and work your way up from 1 to 2 minutes of burpee’s with extended breaks in between.
There are other forms of burpees for you to try that build up leg, arm and middle back muscle specifically, but the 4 step pattern I have provided for you above is geared mainly towards reducing belly fat and strengthening your core muscle.
Yes, walking. Believe it or not, something as simple as putting one foot in front of the other will gradually rid you of all the excess belly fat you’ve been dealing with.
During the first thirty minutes of exercise, your body is burning off the sugar previously stored as fuel. After the thirty minutes however, your body by this time has used up it’s extra fuel, in which case, to keep going, it will then go after your fat cells and use them as a backup, little by little releasing the fat you want to lose.
So, that being said, walk every day for at least 30 minutes to burn an extra 1,000 to 3,000 calories in total. Doing this will improve your metabolism and, of course, help you lose weight overall.
If I were you, I would be taking advantage of this simple workout routine, because what better way to lose a problem than to actually walk away from it!