If sculpting a six-pack was simple, nearly everyone would have a sexy set of abs. It’s not just the actual effort that’s difficult but it’s also knowing “how” to burn stomach fat correctly which is a challenge. Beyond the vanity characteristics, a more chiselled abdominal section makes you stronger and less prone to injury because the dozens of muscles between your shoulders as well as your hips are involved in every movement that you do.
Even though fat can be seen in almost any portion of your body, the kind of fat that connects itself to your middle can be the most challenging to shed. Unfortunately, as women age their midsections see increasing fatty deposits. When a woman gets to her 40s, it is highly likely that additional fat will accumulate around the abdomen. This belly fat is frequently just a reallocation of fat to the abdomen as opposed to a gain in total fat.
So if you’re staring 40 in the face, don’t get discouraged and feel that you’re doomed to life with a big belly! Here are a number of exercises which are guaranteed to incinerate that belly fat!
The burpee works your core. In addition to this set of muscles, burpees work your chest, shoulders, lats, triceps and quads. As burpees involve explosive plyometric movements, these exercises will get your heart pumping as well:
- Stand upright with your feet shoulder-distance apart.
- Send your hips back as you bring your body towards the ground in a low squat.
- Then, put your hands right outside of your feet.
- Hop your feet back while permitting your chest to touch the floor.
- Push your hands against the floor in order to lift your body up into a plank position.
- Jump your feet slightly outside of your hands.
- With your weight in your heels, jump powerfully into the air with your arms overhead.
Elliptical trainers give an intense, low-impact cardio workout. Moreover, a 145-lb. individual can burn about 300 calories in 30 minutes using an elliptical trainer. That’s just about as many calories as running burns however without the joint wear-and-tear.
Mountain climbers, which is also called a moving plank exercise, works your core, as well as to a slew of other muscles in your body:
- Get into a high-plank position and have your wrists right under your shoulders.
- Make sure that your core remains tight and draw your belly button in towards your spine.
- Bring your right knee into your chest. After this, bring it back into a plank position.
- After this, drive your left knee toward your chest and bring it back.
- Continue to alternate sides.
Exercise ball crunch
Crunches on an exercise ball require a lot of stabilisation and this engages more muscles:
- Lie on the exercise ball so that your lower back is supported and your feet are firmly planted on the ground.
- Put your hands on your chest or, alternatively, behind your head.
- Contract your abs and lift your torso up and forward.
- Lower back down to your starting position.
- Keep the exercise ball stable during each crunch.
- Exhale when you crunch and inhale when you lower back down.
- Do between one and three sets with 12 to 16 repetitions
Even if there is no bicycle nearby, it is still possible for you to do this exercise:
- Lie supine a mat or on the floor. Keep your hands behind your head or by your side.
- Lift both your legs off the ground into tabletop position.
- Bring your right knee close to your chest and keep your left leg out.
- Take your right leg out and bring the left leg close to your chest.
- Switch bending the knees as if you are using a bicycle.
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