Every fitness expert will tell you that the stomach is the hardest to slim down, but with proper exercise, dieting, and a whole lot of patience, you can achieve that six-pack you dream of.
The key to getting rid of stomach fat is to lose fat, period. There is no way of targeting the fat off your stomach to burn, but performing exercises that lose fat all over the body would help slim down your tummy.
This exercise plan that targets your abdominals, combined with a low-fat diet, will start showing off results as early as four weeks.
Perform cardio – Aerobic exercises, defined as moderately intense workouts done in a long duration, helps your burn fat. An optimum cardio performance would elevate your heart rate to about 70% and keep it at that level for at least 20 minutes. It is recommended to perform aerobic exercises for 30 minutes at least four times a week. Cardio exercises include brisk walking, running, and even dancing.
Do not do crunches just yet – It is important not to perform sit-ups on the get-go. There is no point of tightening the abs if there is a thick layer of fat beneath it. However, once you see the results of your cardio workout, you can begin toning your ab muscles with crunches, obliques, and planks.
The right crunches – Crunches are sit-ups done halfway. Start by lying on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor while hip-width apart. Make sure to keep your feet glued on the floor throughout the exercise. Place your hands behind your neck. Breathe in as you lift your head and shoulders off the floor toward the knees. Then, breathe out as you return to starting position. Do not pull your neck with your hands and keep your abdominals working throughout the exercise. Perform three sets or as many as you can.
The proper obliques – The oblique crunches are a variation of crunches that target the sides of your stomach. Start with the crunches position, but as you lift your head and shoulders, twist your body as if letting your right shoulder reach the left knee. Twist the other side on the next set.
Set the plank – If you find crunches too strenuous, you can start with the plank. Start by lying on your stomach and raise your body off the floor, using only your forearms, elbows, and toes as support. It is important to keep breathing during this exercise and maintain a 90-degree angle from the forearm to the arm. Hold on to this position as long as you can. Stop immediately if you feel any back pain.
Source: Fit Bell