It seems that stomach fat is the hardest thing to eliminate when starting the process of losing weight. In the beginning, people start to notice notable changes, more defined shoulders, slimmer face, and back which is not that flabby. However, stomach fat sticks around despite all of the progress.
The main reason for this is because a lot of people are afraid of building muscle, women in particular. Getting bulky is what worries most of them. Nevertheless, building muscle can in fact make you look thinner, particularly in the stomach area.
You won’t be able to shape your body by doing only cardio. Instead, you will only lose weight. Nevertheless, the following exercises will not only help you lose weight, but they will also help you tone your stomach.
Crunches are very easily performed and they are more effective than many other abs exercises.
Firstly, lie down on your back, your knees should be up and your feet need to be flat on the floor. It is more challenging to put the bottoms of the feet faced towards each other. Nevertheless, if you are a beginner, keep the feet flat on the floor.
While lying on your back, tighten your abs and raise the upper half of the torso as high from the floor as possible. Remain in this position for a second and then slowly return to previous position. One repetition last for 3 seconds. The position of your hands is not important. What’s important is to feel tension in the abs.
The plank is an isometric exercise and that makes it very unique. In this exercise you are not moving your body or making repetitions. A number of studies have pointed out isometric exercises as very effective when it comes to burning fat and also building muscles. This type of exercises raise the deep muscle tissue temperature.
Lie flat on your stomach, your elbows need to be on the ground and the forearms in front of you. Next, tighten the abs and raise your body from the floor. Your forearms and your toes are the only body parts that should be touching the floor.
Your body needs to be as straight as possible. Remain in this position for approximately 20 to 30 seconds.
If you want to work on your obliques as well, start on one elbow and then turn the body to the side. Your hips need to be facing the floor. This exercise will tone the front and the side of your stomach.
This exercise is one of the most complicated and it is a combination of muscle building and cardio.
Lie flat on your back and place your hands behind your head. Tightening the abs, raise the left knee and make sure it touches the right elbow. Next, do the same with the right knee. It should touch the left elbow.
Doing both sides counts as one repetition. One repetition last approximately 3 seconds. Do 10 to 15 repetitions.
Do all of these exercises one after another. It should take you around 90 seconds to perform all of them. Then, take half a minute rest and repeat the cycle again, five or six times at the minimum.
If you feel like you need longer breaks between the cycles that is just fine. All depends on your fitness level. Do these exercises in moderation since overexerting can negatively affect your fat loss objectives.
The whole routine is going to take about 10 minutes. You may think it is a short time, but these exercises are way more effective than other longer exercises.