"Incorporating belly fat-burning exercises into your workout routine can help you trim down and strengthen the core" - Serah W.
Belly fat is divided into visceral and subcutaneous types. Visceral is the fat that surrounds a person’s organs while subcutaneous is the fat that sits under the skin. It is one of the most stubborn types of fat to lose in weight management practices, but here are 10 of the best exercises for burning belly fat and toning your torso:
1. Bicycle Crunches
Lie flat on your back with your hands held behind the head and bend your knees.
Lift your shoulders off the floor and raise your legs.
Bring your right elbow to your left knee while you extend your right leg out straight.
Switch sides, bringing your left elbow to your right knee while extending your left leg straight.
Alternate sides in a cycling motion till the last set.
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Start in a push-up position and hold yourself up on your forearms and toes.
Keep your body in a straight form from head to heels.
Hold this position for 15-30 seconds, then lower yourself back down.
Repeat this exercise for three sets of 30 seconds.
3. Russian Twist
Start by sitting on the floor or a mat with your knees bent together while your feet flat are on the floor.
Slightly lean back with the chest out and shoulders back.
Hold a weight; dumbbell or plate or fold your hands together.
Twist your torso to the left side and then to the right side and tap the used weight or hands on the floor.
Ensure that always your knees are steady throughout.
Challenge yourself by lifting your feet off the floor.
Repeat the workout till the set is done.
Begin in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Drop into a high plank position.
Bring your feet up to your hands and jump up reaching your arms overhead.
As you land bend your knees and get into a squat position and do another repetition.
5. Mountain Climbers
Start in a high plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders.
Squeeze your core, shoulders and glutes to create full body tension.
Drive one knee up high to your chest.
Return your leg to a straight position and repeat the other leg.
Keep alternating the legs and brace the core until the desired repetitions are done.
6. Side Plank Hip Lifts
Get into a plank position with your hands directly under the shoulders and body in a straight form.
Engage your core and keep the lower back stable.
Dip your hips to the right side and then to the left.
Embrace your core muscles to bring you back to the starting position.
Repeat this movement for 40 to 60 seconds.
7. Leg Raises
Begin by lying on your back, legs straight and together.
Keep your legs straight and lift them to face the ceiling until your butt comes off the floor.
Slowly lower your legs back down till they are just above the floor and hold for a moment.
Raise your legs back up. Repeat this movement until the set is complete.
8. Flutter Kicks
Lie on your back, extending your legs at a 45-degree angle.
Lift your head, shoulders and neck slightly off the ground.
Start kicking your legs up and down alternating as you move.
Repeat until the set is complete.
9. Cross-Body Mountain Climbers
Start in a push-up position.
Bring one knee into your opposite elbow, across your chest then step back to plank position.
Engage your core and shoulders.
Alternate knees and increase the speed as you continue.
Lie on your back and extend your arms behind your head.
Keep your feet together and your toes pointed.
Keep your legs straight and lift them as you simultaneously raise your upper body off the floor.
Engage your core as you reach for your toes with your hands.
Slowly lower yourself to the starting position.
To strengthen your core and trim down your torso, incorporate the mentioned belly fat-burning exercises into your workout routine, along with a balanced diet and regular cardio. Remember to always get enough rest and recovery time to see the best results. Listen to your body cues and start at your fitness level while increasing intensity and duration gradually.