Burn Your Belly Fat
Nowadays one of the most sought after tips is about how to burn your belly fat. While there is no quick remedy for that here are some of the tips that one can follow to have a flat stomach. Even though belly fat is metabolically active and not hard to lose it is not possible to achieve just by doing the exercises. Changing into a healthy diet also is equally important to achieve the intended results.
Below are the top five belly exercises that can help to burn your belly fat.
The Bicycle Exercise
This exercise perfectly targets the six pack muscles of the abdomen as well as the obliques. Lie on your back with your hands behind your head. Bring knees to the chest while lifting the shoulders up. Then slowly bring your right elbow towards the left knee while you straighten the right leg. Switch the sides and continue the motion for about 3 sets with 12 to 16 repetitions per set. This is a very good exercise to burn your belly fat.
Long Arm Crunch
This slightly varies from the traditional floor crunch. Lie on the floor or on a mat, extend arms straight behind keeping them clasped and next to the ears. Slowly contrast abs and lift shoulders off the floor carefully keeping the arms straight. Do 3 sets with 12 to 16 repetitions for each set.
The Captain’s Chair Leg Raise
A captain’s chair (a rack with padded arms that allow the legs to hang free) commonly found in gyms is required to do this exercise. Stand on the chair and grip the hand holds. Then press back against the pad and the same time raise the knees so the abs are contracted. Then lower the knees down.
Vertical Leg Crunch
This exercise is quite similar to the leg crunch but the only difference is that the legs are held straight up. Lie on the floor keeping the legs straight up while the knees are crossed. Place the hand under the head to give some support. Lift the shoulders from the floor contracting the abs. Keep the legs in a stationary position. Do this 3 sets with 12 to 16 repetitions.
Exercise Ball Crunch
You need to have an exercise ball to do this exercise and these balls are quite popular and available at most sports shops. Lie on back on the ball keeping your lower back fully supported on the ball. Keep your hands on the back of your head. Contract the abs while trying to lift the torso. Same time contract the abs to pull the lower area of the rib cage to the direction of the hips. Make sure that you are keeping the ball stable during the whole process while you curl up. Then lower back down making the abs to stretch. Do 3 sets with 12 to 16 repetitions per set.
Do not forget that the exercise alone cannot burn your belly fat. You have to make sure that you have a balanced and healthy diet and stay away from the oily foods and carbohydrates. A balanced combination of healthy diet and regular exercises will give you washboard abs that you will flaunt at the swimming pool.
Theresa Kent is a writer about food, Claret, exercise and fashion. She is a journalist in one of the famous newspaper in UK.
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