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    Top 10 Best Ways to Slim Your Waist and Lose Belly Fat!

    Top 10 Best Ways to Slim Your Waist and Lose Belly Fat!


    6 minute read

    It's no secret that losing belly fat is a way to improve your health. Research shows having some extra cushion around the waistline can cause heart disease and diabetes. Doing hundreds of ab workouts isn't the best way to lower that fat. However, there are some great exercises that can lighten up that mid-section to help tighten and torch the fat all over. 

    Top 10 Best Ways to Slim Your Waist and Lose Belly Fat!

    1) Burpees (don't you worry there are many different alternatives to this exercise so you can still get to feeling the burn ) 
    How to do burpees: Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart and send your hips back as you lower your body toward the ground in a low squat. Then, place your hands right outside of your feet and hop your feet back, allowing your chest to touch the floor. Push your hands against the floor to lift your body up into a plank and then jump your feet just outside of your hands. With your weight in your heels, jump explosively into the air with your arms overhead. (Alternate: Place hands on couch or wall, hop back then come back to starting position )
    How to do mountain climbers: Get into a high-plank position with your wrists directly under your shoulders. Keep your core tight, drawing your belly button in toward your spine. Drive your right knee toward your chest and then bring it back to plank. Then, drive your left knee toward your chest and bring it back. Continue to alternate sides. ( Alternate: Place hands on couch or wall and begin bringing legs to mid-section )
    3) Side to Side Medicine Ball Slams (or Russian Twist)
    How to do lateral medicine ball slams: Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart with the medicine ball on one side. Pick up the ball and simply rotate your body as you slam the ball a few inches away from your pinky toe. Make sure to pivot your feet and bend the back knee as you come into a split squat position to catch the ball on one bounce. Alternate sides. Make sure you tighten your core as you bring the ball overhead and to the side.(Alternate: Russian Twist Sit up tall on the floor with your knees bent and feet off the ground. Hold a medicine ball with your hands at chest height. Lean backward with a long, tall spine, holding your torso at a 45-degree angle and keeping your arms a few inches away from your chest. From here, turn your torso to the right, pause and squeeze your right oblique muscles, then turn your torso to the left and pause to squeeze your left oblique muscles. The movement should come from your ribs and not your arms.
     
    4) Plank
     
    How to do planks: Lay on the ground, push your body up placing your hands on the ground about shoulder-distance apart. Hold the plank for 30 to 45 seconds, increasing the time as you get stronger. When your body tries to find control as your balance is challenged, your abs, obliques, and deep transverse abdominal muscles are activated." Strengthening these core muscles also helps increase your metabolism, ultimately helping you to burn more calories and fat.
     
    5) Yoga
     
    You may not burn as many calories but it can help build muscle and improve your endurance and balance, which are all great for boosting your metabolism. There are plenty of choices when it comes to yoga so do some research to see which practice best fits into your workout goals.
     
    6) Walking, jogging, running
     

    Overtraining and stress can lead to an over-production of cortisol—a stress hormone that's been shown to contribute to belly fat. Keeping the workouts simple by just taking a brisk walk or jogging, can help with calming stressed emotions. You don't want to hold onto that negative stress which then can lead to holding onto the belly fat. Want to lower cortisol levels and keep belly fat in check, take a nice walk or jog outside to clear your mind. 

    7) Lunge to Press 

    How to do lunge to press: Stand with feet shoulder width apart and hands holding dumbbells level with your ears. Perform a forward lunge. Pause at the bottom as you press the weights up above your head. Return to start and repeat, alternating sides. ( Lifting heavy is where you see more of an afterburn effect. Your body continues to burn calories even after you leave the gym. Make sure to keep your form in check though when you decide to increase your weights.)

    8) HIIT

    Try this workout: Make sure to get approximately a 10 minute warm up in like brisk walking before you begin. 

    Perform 45 seconds of all, as many repetitions as possible, then 30 seconds of rest.

    Squats, Push ups, Single Arm Rows, Single Arm Press

    9) Glute Bridge

    How To Do A Glute Bridge:

    1) Lie on your back with bent knees hip distance apart, and feet flat stacked under the knees.

    2) Engage the core (pretend your sinking your belly button to the floor for engagement) and squeeze your glutes as you lift your hips to a bridge. Hold, squeezing tight at the top and return to floor with control. Repeat for desired number of reps, try for 3X15.

    This lower body workout isolates and strengthens the glutes, hamstrings, the core stability muscles, the hip muscles, the lower back muscles, and strengthens the stabilization of the spinal cord. This is return will also help when performing core - belly exercises.

    10) Leg Raises

    How to do Leg Raises: Lie on your back, legs straight and together. Keep your legs straight and lift them all the way up to the ceiling until your butt comes off the floor. Slowly and with control lower your legs back down until they're just above the floor. Hold for a moment. Raise your legs back up. Repeat.

    Leg raises are a simple and effective move to target your abs and build your core strength. Unlike crunches, leg raises target your lower stomach muscles, which can be tricky to tone up. Try this move for 3 sets of 30 seconds without stopping – and you will seriously feel the burn.

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