Much of the fat in your body gets centered around belly, and as we age, the hormonal and metabolic shifts cause your abdominal area to gain few inches and pack on gallons of fat. Abdominal fat is not only embarrassing but also harmful, and several studies have found that this excess fat increases the risks of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and dementia.
However, there are better ways to deal with belly fat, rather than the scary hundreds of crunches, and lose a few inches from your waist. Read on five Exercises to burn belly fat
1. Sit up Straight
Sitting straight and maintaining good posture will not only help your belly look smaller, but it can actually help you burn belly fat. It engages and trains your core muscles making you burn more calories compared to when you become lax or relax on couch. Sit with your shoulders back, chin up, and allow your lower back supported against the chair. Try to pull in your stomach muscles in while you’re sitting or walking for burning the calories.
2. Do the Leg Lifts
Lie on your back with your back pressed against floor. Hold your legs together. Now, lift your legs up straight into a 90-degree angle and hold for 30 seconds. With your back against the floor, slowly lower your legs back few inches above the floor. Do 10 to 12 repetitions, three times a week.
3. Spine Rollups
This is one of the effective ways to tone and stretch your abs and back muscles. Lie flat on the floor; bring your legs slowly up until your legs are over your head. Roll your legs close to your head as far as you can, aiming to make your toes touch the floor behind your head. Now slowly return back to the legs-up position and do the repetition for 10 times.
4. Squat Thrusts
Stand and keep your feet wider than shoulder-width apart. By bending at your hips and knees, squat down and lower your body and balance with your hands on the floor. Kick your legs back making yourself move to a pushup position. Now, reverse the move immediately, quickly stand up from the squat. This forms 1 Rep.
Bicycling is another effective low impact cardio exercise to burn the calories as well as to strengthen and tone your core muscles. Depending on the speed and intensity, an individual can burn from to 500 calories during a 30-minute bicycling.