Let’s face it: almost all of us have a little belly fat that we’d like to do away with. Whether you’re wanting to shed some belly fat for health reasons, wanting to achieve the figure you’ve always dreamed of, or a little bit of both, now is the perfect time to start melting away that belly fat and begin working toward a healthier, happier you. Below, you’ll find five exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home that are proven burn stubborn belly fat in little time at all – no gym membership required.
1) Twist Crunches
Crunches are the go-to exercise for burning belly fat, and twist crunches offer a little extra fat-burning strain for even more effectiveness. To do a twist crunch, lie down on the floor with your hands behind your head, your knees bent, and your feet planted on the ground. Lift your upper torso as you would in a crunch, but twist your body at the same time so that you are lifting and twisting your left shoulder toward your right knee and vice-versa. Alternate the direction that you twist in and repeat the exercise ten times to start crunching and twisting your way to a flat, lean belly!
2) Bicycle Exercise
Ironically enough, no bicycles are required to complete the bicycle exercise. This simple exercise is great for burning lower belly fat that can be hard to reach with other exercises. To do the bicycle exercise, lie down on your back with your hands behind your head. Lift your legs off the ground and bend them at the knee, then start moving them back and forth as if you were peddling a bicycle. It won’t take long before you start feeling the burn in your lower belly.
Along with being a social media trend, planking is a great exercise for burning belly fat. To do a planking exercise, support yourself with your forearms and the tips of your toes with no other part of your body touching the ground and hold that position as long as you can. There may not be a lot of movement involved, but planking is still a very strenuous exercise that works out your entire abdomen.
4) The Stomach Vacuum
While not a literal way to vacuum away belly fat, the stomach vacuum is a great fat-burning exercise that you can do at home. To do the stomach vacuum exercise, get down on all fours and support yourself with your hands and knees. Take a deep breath in and loosen your abdomen as you do. When you exhale, tighten the muscles in your abdomen as much as you can and hold this position for 30 seconds before exhaling and repeating the exercise.
5) Captain’s Chair
All you need to do the captain’s chair exercise is a straight-backed chair such as a kitchen table chair and plenty of motivation! To do this exercise, sit in the chair with your shoulders relaxed, your spine straight, and your hands at your sides. Inhale deeply, then as you exhale bring your legs up so that your knees are as close to your chest as possible. Hold this position for five seconds without bending forward or arching your back then bring your legs down slowly and repeat the exercise.
Start Burning Belly Fat Today!
Belly fat may be stubborn sometimes, but there’s no requirement for expensive equipment or a gym membership before you can start working toward a flat, lean belly. Just the five exercises outlined above are more than enough to burn away belly fat if you commit to them. Create a workout routine that incorporates these exercises and any other belly fat burning exercises you want to include as well as a healthy diet and start melting away that belly fat today!