Fat that collects around your abdomen can be stubborn to tackle. Not only it makes it difficult for you to fit into your favourite pair of jeans but it can affect long term health, if not curbed at the right time.
Not only does it make you look bad but can also become a cause for more serious health issues.
So what do you do about this stubborn belly fat?
Have you tried everything that you can think of – Well, let me tell you that there is a common misconception among most people that in order to lose belly fat, they only need to do abdominal focused exercises.
Well let me tell you, this is WRONG.
Instead you should be focusing on body workouts that help your burn more fat and in return you’re going to be able to lose that belly fat you don’t want to have.
So without waiting any further, let’s get into a fat burning that I feel will work best and is definitely going to help you burn all that fat.
1. Squat to Knee Lift Twist
Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart, arms by sides. Lower into a deep squat, sitting back into hips and extending arms in front of chest with palms facing in. Stand up out of squat and balance on your right leg and lift your left knee in front of hip, as arms extend to sides of shoulders and upper body rotates left. Return to the original position and repeat, switching sides.
(Inhale during the squat and exhale on the twist, drawing abs in tighter on exhalation.)
2. Bicycle Crunches
Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground. Pull your navel in to also target your deep abs. Start by putting your hands behind your head, then bring your knees in towards your chest and lift your shoulder blades off the ground, but be sure not to pull on your neck. Hold this position for a few seconds and lower down gently.
3. Side Crunches
Lie flat on your back with your hand supporting your head. Lift your shoulders a few inches off the ground and crunch to your right side, squeezing your obliques and hold for 1 – 2 seconds. Slowly return to the original position and repeat by switching sides. This exercise helps to sculpt the waist!
4. Crossing Climber
Start in plank position with feet hip-width apart. Bend one knee across to opposite elbow (taping knee to arm if possible), then quickly jump to switch legs.
5. Workout on an incline
The incline mode on your treadmill will be your new BFF. If you really want to burn calories, the incline mode can make it a reality. As the incline increases, the muscles are forced to do more work as the body must produce more power to propel itself.
Whether you’re outside or at the gym, start by walking for 5-10 minutes at an “incline” or “hill” setting and then maintain a jog for 5 – 10 minutes. The incline setting should be adjusted to your desired level of difficulty or as recommended by a trainer. You will notice your heart rate elevating as you pick up the pace. Then start running for 5 minutes and alternate between jogging and running for 30- 45 minutes total. This workout will also help build more endurance in a short period of time.
6. Practice Yoga
Yoga is nowhere as effective as other cardio workouts to shed weight but it can reduce the production of cortisol. Cortisol is released into the body in response to stress and low blood sugar levels. High levels can dramatically change fat distribution in women and increase the amount of fat you hold in your stomach. Not only can yoga help ward off the accumulation of stomach fat but it can develop mindfulness. Relax and stretch your muscles with the following poses: child’s pose, downward facing dog, warrior pose and bridge pose.
It is important to note that a balanced diet is a must for a shrinking waistline. Foods that fuel your body and keep you full like whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and nut help reduce fat in the long run. Stay clear from junk foods.