Say Goodbye to Lower Belly Fat
Summer’s just about over, but it may be the perfect time to get your fitness goals back on track. As the vacations come to an end and the kids get back to school, this is a great time to get your life organized – and get back in shape!
Today we’re going to focus on one of the biggest problem almost all of us face, the lower belly. Although as much as we all wish it was possible, spot-training isn’t something we can wish up when it comes to fat loss. The good news is that there are a couple of tricks that can help you flatten and tone this trouble spot.
The first thing is to get your diet back on track. Eating fat-burning foods like protein, fiber, and healthy metabolism-boosting fats like omega-3s is the first step, and it’s a crucial one if you want to burn serious fat.
The second step is to engage in some serious “get your ass off the coach and sweat” cardio and weight training.
To maximize fat-burning, I recommend engaging in a lot of full-body exercises. But you can also do some serious toning in your lower belly by conditioning your abdominal muscles. This will tighten things up and give you a leaner, fitter look.
In combination, these two steps will give you the best results possible. Of course you want to be engaging in a variety of exercises, including both cardio and weight-training, but having a few focused workouts is a highly effective strategy.
7 Exercises to Flatten and Tone Your Lower Belly
Add these exercises to your current abdominal routine, or run through them as a circuit for an effective lower belly fat-burning routine. If you go for the full routine with these ones, aim for 3 sets of all of the exercises in succession with the maximum amount of reps you can punch out. Visualize yourself getting leaner and smiling in the mirror as you see that lower belly pouch get smaller and smaller…
1. Ab Crunch
You’re going to start things off with a standard ab crunch. Although pretty basic, this move is great for the lower part of your abs and also provides an excellent warm-up for your core muscles.
2. Bicycle Crunch
Another classic, the bicycle crunch gives your entire abs, including the lower part, an excellent workout because you’re also moving your legs.
This exercise is one of my favorite total-body moves, and it’s great for burning fat in your midsection. Grab a dumbbell of moderately challenging weight (not too heavy), and do this one at least 12 times per side.
4. Lower Ab Bicycle Crunch
This is another exercise that really incorporates your lower body, so it’s great for your lower abs. Make sure you move through this exercise slowly and with control, in order to maximize your gains.
5. Knee Tucks on Bench
This one may seem like it only involves your legs, but it’s actually a highly focused exercise for your abdominals, and one that offers great results for your lower belly. If you don’t have a workout bench, use the edge of a couch or a set of stairs.
6. One-Legged Ab Crunch on Bosu
I’m kicking things up a notch with this one. The bosu ball is a seriously versatile piece of gym equipment, and it’s great for your abs. Again, a steady pace is key here to burn the most fat and seriously tone that lower belly.
7. Hanging Knee Tucks
This one’s a little more advanced, but by working in a hanging position, you’ll actually prevent your upper body from helping out too much, leaving it up to your lower body and your abs to do all the work. Even if you can knock out a few of these, you’ll be making big strides.
And there you have it – 7 exercises to tone and flatten your lower belly. After just a few weeks of this routine, along with a healthy diet and a complete fitness regimen, you’ll be seeing some serious results.
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