Belly fat is one of our worst enemies and few can avoid it due to our sedentary lifestyles. Long office hours, virtually no exercise and lack of outside walks combined with unhealthy fast-food based diet are the main causes of belly fat. How to get fit and gain well-defined abs? Rip some minutes from your daily schedule and try three easy exercises which will help you work out the entire abdominal area.
Many women (and men) complain about going to the gym and working really hard on their abs with no results whatsoever. And they are right, because ab crunches are not the best solution to get rid of belly fat. They only work the front and lateral muscles on the abdomen, while the rest of the body has no benefit and the core is left “untouched”. Instead of crunches you should try more effective exercises which will get you to that gorgeous bikini-body in no time.
Exercise no. 1: Side Plank
This exercise is the most effective ab workout as it works all your core section. Supporting yourself in only two points of contact you will find it hard at first, but you will soon discover this exercise’s benefits once you’ll get used to it.
Lie down on your left side and place your elbow underneath your shoulder. Your right hand goes on your right hip. Now brace your abs lifting the hips off the floor until your weight is held by your forearm and feet and your body making a straight diagonal line. Maintain the position for 30 – 45 seconds. Until you achieve a rather fit shape, you might find it difficult to hold the position, so you can keep it as long as you are able and repeat until you hold it for a total of 30 seconds. Later in time aim to keep the position for 30 second in a row. To complete the exercise switch to the other side and repeat.
Exercise no.2: Walkout from Pushup Position
As the name says, this exercise uses many muscle groups and works on your entire body strength. To start, get in pushup position, with your hands positioned a couple of inches apart from the line of your shoulders. Then walk hand out a chosen distance and walk back. Repeat for 10 to 12 times. To make it harder and avoid getting bored, lift one of the legs while walking.
Exercise no.3: Gator Walk
A complex mix of cardio, strength and stability, this exercise really gets to the core and provides a complete workout compressed in less than a minute.
Start in a pushup position, with your toes on a sliding object. For this exercise you need to find an object which can provide sliding on the floor and a place big enough to allow you to slide. Plates work as sliders for carpets and towels work for wood planks and tiles.
Now walk forward with the help of your arms for about 10-20 yards. Rest for a short time, while keeping the position and walk back to where you’ve started.
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