Men aren’t the only ones who need to worry about belly fat because women can also have them. There are numerous reasons for fat to settle around the midsection such as unhealthy lifestyle, food choices, and even genetics. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about reducing your belly size because there are a lot of ways to do so. If you want to reduce your belly fat while at the same time strengthening your core, these workouts are for you.
- A newer version of crunch. If doing the same old crunch workouts is already getting boring for you, try this workout instead. Start by sitting down on the floor with your upper body and thighs creating a V-shape. Your lower legs should be lifted until parallel to the floor and crossed together to help you maintain your balance. Hold a dumbbell or 5-pound medicine ball with both hands. Bring the ball or weight to the left by twisting your upper body towards your left. Swivel to the right for one rep. Do 3 sets of 15 reps.
- Teaser. Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees and your feet lifted off the floor. Engage your abs as you inhale then lift both arms up and backwards over your head. Exhale as you swing your arms forward and at the same time straighten your legs to create a V-shape with your legs and upper body. You can put your hands down on the floor if you need help with your balance. Roll down on your back while bending knees to go back to first position with your arms overhead. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
- Bridge opposite arm-leg reach. Lie on the ground. Place your foot on the floor. Bend your knees. Extend your right leg upwards with your right arm placed at your side and your left arm extended. Engage your core as you open your right leg towards the right and your left arm opening towards the left. Go back to first position and repeat. Do this 15 times before switching arm and leg.
- Low-belly leg reach. Lie down on the floor with knees bent at 90 degrees. Place your hands at the back of your head and engage your core muscles. Your knees should be stacked above your hips as you do a position for a crunch. Hold pose or 3 to 5 seconds. Exhale while extending legs at a 45 degree angle and hold pose for 3 to 5 seconds while squeezing the muscles in your lower belly. Perform 2 sets of 10 to 15 reps.
These core workouts will definitely shave off a few inches from your waist in no time. It is important that you follow the proper form with each workout so you can get the most out of your exercise. Engage your core throughout these exercises to really challenge your muscles.