25 Jul 2011 2 Comments
To start, an exercise to lose stomach fat doesn’t really exist. What is happening is you are toning and tightening your abdominal and core muscles. When these muscles are toned, they are firmer and look thinner.
Exercise to Lose Belly Fat, Reverse CrunchAnd looking thinner is a good thing!
Also, building and toning your core muscles will boost your metabolism, letting your weight loss program be that much more effective.
How to Lose Stomach Fat – Your Abs
Any exercises that work your core (the muscles from the hips up to right under your breasts) will make you look longer and leaner.
As for how to lose stomach fat, you must target the core muscles. They are:
Rectus abdominus: This is the long, flat muscle that extends the whole front of the abdomen. These are the muscles that people refer to when they talk about a “6-pack”. These are further divided into the upper and lower abs.
Obliques: There are two sets of oblique muscles, the internal and external. These are long, flat muscles run along the sides of the abdomen, at an angle. These is the infamous “love handle” area.
Exercise to Lose Belly Fat
Exercise to Lose Belly Fat, CrunchesWhen you exercise to lose belly fat, you don’t need to go to a gym or buy fancy exercise equipment — unless you want to, of course. Instead, you only really need an exercise mat on which to do your crunches.
The bicycle manuver is about the best for the rectus abdominus (not to mention giving the obliques a workout, too). To do it, lay on your back on a mat, hands behind your head. Bring your knees up to about a 45-degree angle and slowly touch your left elbow to your right knee, then your right elbow to your left knee. Don’t hold your breath — remember to breathe evenly while doing this belly exercise.
You can also join a gym and go to town on all their ab machines. A word of warning here, though — be sure to have a gym employee work with you at first, to make sure you know how to use each piece of equipment properly.
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