Best Exercises To Burn Belly Fat And Improve Your Overall Health
When people think about losing weight, the first thing on their list is usually to get a flatter or more toned stomach – but losing belly fat is also a great way to improve your all-over health!
I have listed below some personal trainer-recommended exercises that target belly fat: these exercises combine cardio, strength, and core work which will ultimately help you reduce body fat!
Best Exercises To Burn Belly Fat
I know everyone hates burpees, but there’s a reason they suck so much – and it’s because they work pretty much every part in your body! Burpees work your core, chest, shoulders, lats, triceps and quads, this exercise will also get your heart pumping and is an effective cardio and strength training workout!
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and push your hips back as you lower down into a low squat.
- Place your hands right outside of your feet and hop your feet back, bringing your chest to the floor.
- Push your hands against the floor to lift your body back up into a plank and then hop your feet just outside your hands like a frog.
- With your weight in your heels, jump with power back into the air with your arms overhead.
Medicine Ball Burpees
If regular burpees aren’t enough for you – it is suggested that you incorporate a medicine ball into your workout to increase its intensity while boosting your metabolism.
- Standing with both feet shoulder-width apart, hold a medicine ball with both hands.
- Bring the ball overhead and slam it back down to the ground as hard as you can, while leaning your butt back into a squat as you slam.
- Continue with your regular burpee routine, but when jumping back up from your squat, bring the ball with you and raise it back over your head into your starting position.
This exercise is a great way to burn calories and get your heart rate going, all while targeting your core – making mountain climbers a perfect exercise to lose stubborn belly fat and tone that tummy.
- Get into a high plank position while keeping your wrists directly below your shoulders.
- Keeping your core tight, draw your belly button towards your spine.
- Drive your right knee towards your chest and then back into the plank.
- Do the same with the left knee.
- Continue alternating sides.
The sprawl is pretty much a burpee on steroids, it’s a full-body exercise that works as many muscles as possible all while burning calories and shaping and toning the upper and lower body, especially the abs! If you’ve perfected the burpee and need another challenge, then allow me to talk you through asprawl!
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, squat down, and place your hands on the floor.
- Jump your feet back to a plank and lower your body to touch the floor.
- Push yourself up to a plank and then jump your feet outside your hands into a squat.
- Stand up and repeat.
Running on an Incline
Running on an incline rather than on a flat surface has been shown to increase the calories burned by as much as 50%. Whether you are outside on a hill or on a treadmill, begin by walking for 5-10 minutes, you should feel your heart rate elevate pretty quickly as you start to speed it up!
- Begin walking or jogging on an incline for about 5-10 minutes.
- Maintain a jog for another 5-10 minutes.
- Once you feel comfortable and warmed up, start running. This doesn’t have to be a flat-out sprint, but you should be working hard enough that you can’t hold a conversation!
- Spend as long as you can running and then drop the pace back down to a jog.
- Alternate between jogging and running for 30-45 minutes.