We all develop a little fat around our bellies as we grow older and life takes over everything else. Not only is it an unwelcome guest, but it also prevents us from getting back into that fitting dress or that favourite pair of jeans. In addition to this, it can also develop into serious health issues if not take in check. While controlling your diet definitely helps, it is also important to realise that dieting goes hand in hand with exercising, and that one is incomplete without the other. If you really want to make a visible difference, then resorting to belly fat exercises will definitely help you!
3 Belly Fat Exercises For A Slimmer You
When it comes to exercises, most people think of sweaty gyms full of people. Well, not all exercises require you to spend hours in gym. We bring you simple belly fat exercises that you can perform at home at any time!
Nothing probably burns belly fat faster than a set of crunches, and this is why they occupy the top position on our list of belly fat exercises at home. All you need to do is lie flat on your back while bending your knees and keeping feet on the ground. Keep your hands at the back of your neck and then try to it up with your belly. Do three sets of this exercise with 10 repetitions in each and you’re done! Make sure that instead of doing a full sit-up, you just raise your back a few inches off the ground so that you don’t hurt your back.
Contrary to the name, you don’t really need a bicycle to perform this exercise. All you need to do is to lie on the floor while keeping your either behind your head or by the sides of your body. Lift both legs and then bend them at the knees. Then, bring your right knee close to your chest while keeping your left leg away. Repeat the same with the other leg by taking your right leg away and bringing the left close to your chest. Repeat these steps to make it look like you are paddling a bicycle in air. Do three sets of fifteen repetitions each.
This one is for the beginners who are looking for effective exercises to reduce belly fat. Start with standing while your legs are hips width apart. Make sure to keep your knees slightly bent. Next, lift both hands in front of you while aligning them with your shoulders and keeping them parallel to the floor. Next, take a big step with your right leg and lunge forward and then sit down as if you do on a chair such that your knees make a 90-degree angle with the floor. At this point, the left leg needs to be positioned backwards while being supported by toes. All through the exercise, the spine needs to be kept straight, take extra care that you don’t bend it forward. Next, twist your torso first to the right and then to your left. Repeat this fifteen times and you’re done.
This variation of the conventional crunch has some twists attached to it, but is definitely worth all the effort when it comes to getting rid of belly fat. We suggest you take some time to get familiar with the basic crunch and then move on to this exercise. To do a twist crunch, start with lying on your back on a mat, and then bends your legs with feet firmly planted to the ground. Now, position your hands at the back of your head (just like you do with crunches). Next, instead of lifting the major part of your torso, lift your left shoulder towards your right, thus limiting your right shoulder’s range of movement. Repeat the same action on the other side to complete one round. You can start with doing ten twist crunches per set, and then gradually move ahead to doing two sets.
Yet another variation of the conventional crunches, side crunches focus more on the side muscles, thus helping you work on those love handles. To perform this exercise, set yourself up in a position of twist crunch, with all the parts of your body being in the same position as the twist crunch. Now, when you actually start doing the side crunch, make sure that you tilt your legs in the same direction as your shoulders. Start with two to three sets of side crunches with ten repetitions in each set and your side fat will visibly reduce! However, do make sure that you do not hurry and that your movements are slow and precise. Any form of misdirection could damage your muscles.
Despite being a low-impact exercise, the stomach vacuum is a great technique for belly fat reduction and is thus used in a plethora of training routines. Instead of increasing your heart rate and making you sweat, this exercise places emphasis on your breath, thus helping you train your abdominal muscles. To do this, first stand upright on the floor and place both of your hands evenly on your hips. Start with exhaling as much air out as you can. The idea is to do this until you feel that there is no air left in your lungs. Next, expand your chest and flex your stomach in as much as you possibly can, and then hold this pose. Try thinking of what you would do if your navel was to touch your backbone, and then do that very movement. The idea is to take as much as your stomach in as possible so that a vacuum is created. Try to hold this pose for twenty seconds and then release. Repeat this exercise ten times for one set. However, do make sure that you perform this exercise on an empty stomach, otherwise it would cause digestive issues.
These belly fat exercises at home will give you a slimmer tummy in a jiffy!
Radhika Chahun is a Beauty and Health blogger. She has an expertise in writing blogs on beauty, Health and lifestyle niche. She has a knack to travel and explore new things and is an ardent observer of people.