- Exercise & Fitness
Burn Belly Fat with these Five Excercises
The number two new years resolution is it get in shape. Lets be honest, most of us will never be what is considered in shape. I have often heard people use the phrases such as round is a shape. I good portion of us would like to have better abs though, so if your looking to get rid of that fat stomach try these five abdominal workouts.
It is called the standard crunch for a reason. It is the most basic version of the crunch you can do. Lay flat on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. You can either cross your arms on your chest or put them behind your head. While laying flat lift your shoulders towards the ceiling, and let them come back down. This is considered one rep. Try to complete 4 sets of 15 reps.
The second exercise we will cover is one of my favorites, The side bend. To complete the side bend stand with your feet a little less than shoulder width apart. Hold a dumbbell in your right hand and and let your arm hang. Place your left hand behind your head to help you maintain balance. Lean to your right side letting the weight go no farther down than your knee. Stand back up to straight, this is considered one rep. Try and complete 4 sets of 15 reps on each side of your body.
To complete a reverse crunch lay on a bench. From this position lift your feet and knees up until it seems as though you are sitting on a chair with its back on the bench. Grip the bench behind your head for support. In a controlled movement lift your hips off the bench and let them come back down. Remember to keep your legs as still as possible. This is considered one rep. Try to complete 4 sets of 15 reps.
The Russian Twist can be done with or without weight. Sit on the floor and bend your knees so that they are pointing towards the ceiling. Lean back slightly so that your feet are off the ground and you are balanced on your behind. Remember to keep your back straight. Now twist your upper body until your left elbow almost goes past your right knee. Reverse your motion until you are in the complete opposite position. This is considered one rep. Try to complete 4 sets of 10-15 reps.
To complete a Plank get down on your hands and knees. Lay your forearms on the floor so that your hands and elbows will make 2 sides of a tri-angle. Extend your feet back like you were going to do a push up. Hold this position for 30 seconds. This is considered 1 rep. Try and complete 4 sets of 1 rep.
Using these five exercises you can tone your midsection in no time at all. Make sure to stretch after every workout as this encourages your muscles to grow. DO NOT add weight to any exercise until you are completely comfortable with the exercise. For more tips on how to get fit, or how to eat healthier read my other hubs.