Which Exercises Burn The Most Belly Fat?

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Well, for many of us, depending on where we live of course, the cold winds, the rain, the snow, and the ice will soon all be things of the past, (for another seven months or so anyways), and they’ll instead be replaced by warmer weather, longer days, and shorter nights.

Yes, that can only mean one thing, and that is that summer is fast approaching.

Now, in theory that’s great, as everybody loves a bit of warm weather and hot sunshine, plus the added vitamin D from the sun himself won’t do you any harm. However, with summer comes bathing suit, and beach weather, and for many of us, that can be a daunting prospect indeed.

In reality, after overindulging over the festive season and the long winter, it’s safe to say we’re not in the best of shape, which is where these exercises come into play.

These exercises are designed to burn fat, specifically stubborn belly fat around the midsection. Here are just three to get you started, so that when it comes times to strut your stuff on the beach, you can do so with pride, rather than hiding yourself away.

Vertical leg crunches:
To help tone those abdominal muscles, and quickly get the fat melting away from your midsection, these exercises are absolutely ideal. Here’s what to do:

  • Begin by laying flat on your back on the ground, with your legs straight up vertically in the air, and your knees crossed over one another.
  • Next, place your hands directly behind your head for support, and focus on tensing and contracting your abs, by slowly lifting your shoulders up off the floor.
  • Make sure you keep your head up straight, and ensure your legs remain crossed over one another in the air.
  • Aim for around 3 sets of 15 – 20 reps, although if that feels too easy, aim for 20 – 30 reps instead.


Cardio:
As far as where we store body fat, the belly is generally regarded as the most common location, which is why any form of fat burning exercise is ideal for burning it away quickly and effectively. Cardiovascular exercise is the most beneficial form of fat burning exercise you could wish for. As far as which forms of cardio you perform are concerned, you could:

  1. Go walking around the neighbourhood or outdoors.
  2. Go for a jog outdoors
  3. Go swimming
  4. Play some sports
  5. Exercise on a treadmill or other cardio machines
  6. Engage in some sort of martial arts training

Any exercise which gets your heart rate up is a great form of cardio, so do what suits you best. Here’s a good video to get you started:

Bicycle crunches:
For really targeting the abs and the olbliques, bicycle crunches are ideal as they also help work on your coordination. Here’s what to do:

  • Begin by laying on the ground on your back, with your hands tucked behind your head for support, ensuring your elbows are pointing in front of you.
  • Next, slowly lift your shoulders off the floor whilst bringing your knees up towards your chest, and try to touch the opposite elbow of the leg you’re raising, so left knee to right elbow, and right knee to left knee, alternating between one another.
  • he idea is to perform this action relatively quickly, mimicking a pedalling motion.
  • Aim for 3 – 4 sets of 15 – 20 reps.

2 Comments

  1. Mariah

    I’ve been trying to cut down on fat for so long now, but I’ve mostly just been weight lifting. I need to get into more cardio as suggested. Crunches are something I’ve never been very good at, but I guess that’s all the reason try and get better at them.

  2. Verona

    Sleep is one of the best-it may sound nasty but read these:
    If you want to work late at night, think again. When your biorhythms are off, you end up eating more. When you’re tired you produce more ghrelin, which triggers cravings for sugar and other fat-building foods. Losing sleep can also alter your hormone production, affecting your cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity, prime reasons for belly fat! Getting about 7 hours of sleep a night is one of the best things you can do for your body shaping goals.

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