One of the top areas people want to trim down? The belly. One of the hardest areas to trim down? The belly. Doesn’t it seem like everything you do to try and lose that stomach that it just sits there anyway?
This hard-to-lose fat in the lower belly is called visceral fat and can be more than just a nuisance—it can cause health problems and put you at risk for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. So whether you do it to feel better about yourself or be healthier, one thing’s for sure: you want it G-O-N-E, gone!
While it can be difficult, it’s still possible. Here are seven moves that target your tummy and help you slim down. Try one or all seven today:
Lay on your back with your feet stretched out in front of you, hands at your side. Lift your right leg slightly off the floor, and then your left, alternating right, left, right, left, without stopping. This targets that hard-to-target lower abs perfectly to blast belly fat quickly.
Laying on your back, lift both legs off the ground, bending one knee towards you, and the other straight out. Place your hands behind your head and slowly start alternating your left elbow to the right knee, and then your right elbow to your left knee. Now speed up the pace and go through a few reps!
On your back, lay on the ground, this time with your knees bent upward. Lift your hips off the floor, making sure to engage your core muscles as you do. Hold for a moment, and then lower down. Repeat as many times as you’re comfortable with.
On your back again with your legs sprawled outwards, lift your lefts up at a slow pace, without moving the rest of your body. Hold for a moment, and then let your legs down just as slowly. You’ll feel your whole torso trying to move, but keep it steady for the best results.
Lay on your back with your arms and legs sprawled out at every corner (try to mimic a starfish). Then crunch up bringing your elbows and knees into your chest, and lower back down into “starfish” position.
Lay face-down on a mat and lift your body up off the ground either on your forearms or your hands. Hold for about 30 seconds and then lower yourself down. You can also do different variations of planks, like side planks where you twist to your side, but the front-ways plank is the best way to get rid of stomach fat.
Ah, we can’t forget the good old crunch. It’s still one of our favorite ways to target the belly. Lay on your back with your knees bent, hands behind your head, and crunch up, lifting your chin towards your knees. You can also do a vertical leg crunch, where you put your legs and upper body towards your pelvis as you crunch up.
Are you going to try any of these exercises? Which belly toning move is your favorite?