8 Simple Exercises That Will Flatten Your Stomach Faster Than Ever
There are certain body areas where unwanted fat loves to hang around. When talking about women, its favorite place is around the stomach. Every day, we ask ourselves the same old question: “How do I reduce belly fat?”
Well the truth is: If you need and want to lose belly fat, the best way to do it is to combine healthy diet with a core-strengthening exercises and calorie-burning exercises. The strengthening exercises will build and tone, while on the other hand the calorie-burning exercises will reduce overall fat, including your stomach area. According to LiveStrong, you must work your whole core in order to see progress. This means that you cannot just target one specific section of your belly.
In this article, we will give you the eight best exercises to help you achieve the flat belly of your dreams. By doing these exercises, your core muscles will burn and your forehead will sweat, especially if you use them together in a workout. These exercises are the perfect combination of strength-builders and calorie-burners.
Crunches are old school, and when doing them, you must keep going until it burns.
Lie on your back with your knees bent at a 45-degree angle. Then, place your hands across your chest and crunch upward, lifting only your upper back off the ground. Leave your lower back on the ground. After that, come back down, and before your shoulders touch the ground, crunch upward again. Do not relax your abdominal muscles, throughout the movement, but keep them consistently tense.
- Mountain Climbers
The faster you do mountain climbers, the more calories you will burn.
You should start in a high plank position (push up position), with your hands under your shoulders, toes on the ground, bottom down and your body rigid. Then, bring one knee in to meet the opposite elbow and then the other knee to meet the other elbow.
- Oblique Crunches
The most important thing to oblique crunches is to keep going until it burns!
Lie down on your side so that one leg is on top of the other, and after that bend your legs slightly and prop yourself up on one elbow. Then, crunch upward, and bring your knee to meet your elbow. Make sure to tense your oblique muscle all the time. Then swap sides.
- Plank Jacks
By keeping your core super tight during this exercise, you can target all of the core muscles.
You have to start in plank position. Put your forearms on the ground, your body rigid and your bottom down. Start with your feet together, and then jump outward and back together. Keep your abs tensed all the time.
- Leg Raises With Hip Lifts
This exercise is for those stubborn lower abs.
Lie down on your back with legs extended and hands by your side. Then, you should slowly raise your legs up until they reach vertical. After that, continue lifting until your hips also come off the ground. With slow movement bring your legs back down, but before they touch the ground, raise them back up again. Keep your abs tense all the time.
- Crossover With Reach
The faster you reach, the more calories you burn.
Start this exercise by lying on your back with your legs bent and feet flat on the ground. Lift your upper back off the ground and curl your torso to the right. Extend your arms by reaching across your body to your right foot. Return to the starting position. Repeat on the other side.
- Hip Hike
In order to keep your balance, place one foot in front of the other.
Lie down on your side, with one foot on top of the other. Place your hand under your shoulder and lift your hip off the ground in a side plank. You should start lifting your hips up toward the ceiling as high as possible and after that, return to the starting position.
- Reverse Crunch
You should not rest between sets. Keep the burn.
Lie down on your back with your legs bent and feet flat on the ground. Your hands should be behind your ears. Then, slowly bring your knees in toward your chest. At the same time lift your shoulders and upper back off the ground. Return to your original position.
The benefits of core exercises
Core exercises help build a great-looking midsection. On the other hand, these exercises also help your overall body. Some of the benefits are: balance, posture and pain reduction. According to Mayo Clinic, there are other benefits such as:
- Improve balance and stability
- Can be done at home without any gym memberships or equipment
- Tone abs
- Make you stronger, making it easier to do other physical activity
These exercises will reduce body fat, and build a strong core. Finally, you will have that bikini belly you have been dreaming of. Enjoy.