For many of us, shrinking our midsections can be a big problem. A great place to start is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. There are, however, some great abdominal exercises that can help your progress immensely. The exercises below are designed specifically to help you reduce your belly fat, and as a result, take inches off your tummy. These exercises are for beginners, so try them if you have just started working out.
Once you master them, you can advance to a more challenging workout. While doing these particular exercises, you’ll want to move slowly; this will help you maintain control and momentum won’t take over. Prior to any workout exercises you do, you should consult a physician before you begin. Also, be sure to warm up beforehand to keep from being injured.
Vertical Leg Crunches
A variation of a traditional crunch, this exercise focuses specifically on reducing the fat in your stomach. First, you will need to lie on the floor on your back. Lie on a towel (or a mat if you have one).
Place your hands at the back of your head, elbows out of your sight. Lift your legs into the air, keeping them straight. Cross your ankles, bending your knees slightly. Contract your tummy muscles, lifting your shoulders with your head and upper back at an angle of about thirty degrees. Be careful not to lead with your head or use your hands.
Long Arm Crunches
Stay on your towel or mat on the floor. Bending your knees and keeping your feet flat, lie back. Extending arms straight back, reach above your head. Contracting your abs, slowly lift your head, shoulders, and arms up off the floor, again at a thirty-degree angle.
Hold the pose, and then ever so slowly lower yourself back onto the floor. Repeat four to six times, being careful to keep your arms straight and alongside your head.
This exercise also takes place on your back. Using your mat or a towel to cushion your spine, place your arms along your sides with your palms up. Bend your legs to make a 90-degree angle with your hips and thighs keeping your knees as straight as you can.
Contract your abdominal muscles pulling your belly button towards the floor; at the same time, gently lift your hips. Keep your legs straight and extended up while raising your hips a couple of inches. Slowly lower hips repeat four to six times.