Unfortunately, belly fat is the hardest fat to get rid of especially if you want to unmask a defined abdomen. For many of us, the stomach is the body part we start to first see weight when we gain some. With the help of a few exercises, you can target belly fat more efficiently. Here are five great belly fat workouts you can try.
Ab Twists: This workout is much more effective than crunches.
Sit on your yoga mat and lift your legs up so that your torso and thighs form a V-shape. Keep your lower legs lifted and cross your ankles to give yourself some balance. Hold a 5 pound dumbbell (or medicine ball) and turn your upper body left to right repeatedly as you bring the dumbbell across your torso. Make sure to maintain the V shape and to keep your legs in the air.
Switch back left and right 50 times to begin with. As you become more advance add another 20.
Kickbacks: This works more than just your legs, it focuses on your core and will help you burn that belly fat.
Get down on all fours with your knees on the ground. Then lift your knees about 2-3 inches off of the ground as you lift yourself up so that you’re on your toes, still with your hands flat on the ground and back straight. Keeping your core tight, bring your right knee towards your face. Then kick your right leg back so that it is straight behind you. Make sure to squeeze your butt and your hips facing the ground. Repeat 15 times and then switch legs.
Plank: This one is a classic but still very affective at toning your arms, butt, thighs, and abs.
Kneel on at mat on all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders. Stretch your legs back so that your legs are on your toes. Keep your abdomen tucked in tight with your body/back straight from head to heel. Don’t let your hips sink or position your butt too high. Hold your position for as long as you can: at least 60-90 second. Then return to your starting position and repeat to complete 3 reps.
Cycling: This is a fun exercise that may seem easy but is actually quite challenging and works your core.
Sit on a mat and lift your legs in the air to create a V-shape with your torso. Place your hands right beside your butt to help with your balance. Position your legs to mimic as though you were riding a bicycle and begin to turn them as such. Begin with the forwards cycle with about 30 cycles. Then switch and cycle backwards 30 times as well. Do 3 reps each, going forward and backwards and make sure your cyclical motions are big.
Twisting Side Plank: This is the perfect exercise for triceps, biceps, core and your waist.
Lie on your right side with your forearm directly under your shoulder and hand perpendicular to your body. Make sure to stack your legs and feet. This is how you will support your body in the side plank position. Extend your left arm toward the ceiling, keeping your abs tight. Then, scoop your left arm in front of your torso and reach underneath the space between your torso and the ground. Make sure you only twist your torso as you reach down. Return to starting position and repeat 12 times. Then do the same thing on the other side.