4 Ab Workouts to Lose Belly Fat

Getting rid of belly fat can be much more challenging than most people think it is. There is a lot that a person needs to do in order to make sure that they don’t end up with a flabby belly that everyone is going to laugh at. If you think that your belly looks out of place in your body, then you should definitely start thinking about losing some weight by performing specific exercises. Physical activity in the form of regular workout sessions combined with a controlled diet can help women build their abdominal muscles, reduce their belly fat and achieve a beautiful bikini body.

There are hundreds of different workouts for building your abs. You can find most of them on the internet. However, not all of those exercises are as effective as the ones mentioned below:

1) Opposite Arm and Leg Raise

This exercise should be performed during your warm up sessions. People who perform this move regularly have reported that it makes them feel longer, steadier and well balanced. To pull off this exercise, you need to at first get down on all fours. Make sure that the knees are aligned under your hips and the wrists are just below your shoulders. In the next step, you have to raise your left arm to about shoulder height and your right leg up to your hips. Remain in this position for a count of 2. Repeat the exercise with the opposite pair of limbs. 15 reps for each side should be a nice way to warm up for more intensive training. If you have grown comfortable with this move and want a bigger challenge, then try touching your opposite elbow to your knee while dragging your arm and leg in.

2) The Prone Plank

This is a very simple move that can be performed anywhere. There is no specific time for doing this exercise. If you feel like you need to zip up your abs then simply get down with the prone plank. Getting in position for the prone plank isn’t any different from getting in position for a push up. Your palms have to be placed on the floor right underneath the shoulders. Remain in this position for about 30 seconds (you could give up after 20 seconds if you are feeling uncomfortable) with your abdominal muscles contracted and your arms and legs extended at full stretch. Make sure that your head is aligned with your spine. By performing this exercise regularly, your body’s strength will be enhanced. You will start to lose belly fat and it will eventually become easier for you to stay in this position for much longer than 30 seconds. It is an effective way of building abs and shedding a few extra pounds.

3) Single Leg Stretch

If you really want six packs, then this is the exercise that you need to bank on. To get into position, lie down flat on the ground with your knees bent. Slowly lift your head and shoulders and move your chin in towards your chest. Don’t be hasty with your movement as it can lead to a serious back or neck injury. The next step is to drag your left knee in towards your chest. While you are doing this, you should inhale deeply. Place your left hand on your left ankle and your right hand just below the left knee to help the knee move towards your chest. Once you have completed the movement of the left leg, you can proceed to lifting the right leg at an angle of 45 degrees off the floor. Once again, avoid rushed movements. Remain in this position for about a few seconds before switching your legs. Make sure that you switch the hand position every time you make the shift. 5 to 10 reps for each side should do the trick.

4) The Hundred Pumps

This is a pretty straight forward and self explanatory move. Place a mat on the floor and sit on it with your knees bent. Place your hands on either side of your body. Now lie down slowly with the bent knees. The palms should be facing down towards the mat. Take deep breaths while raising your head and shoulders off the mat. The next step is the most important one and it requires you to vigorously pump your arms 6 inches up and down. Inhale for 5 pumps and exhale for another 5. Make sure that your chin is curled in towards your chest. The lower back must be pressed in towards the floor and the lower abs should be pulled in towards the spine. This is a simple, yet highly effective way of keeping the abdominal muscles engaged. As the name of the exercise clearly suggests, you need to complete 100 pumps to pull off the move.

These are a few examples of how regular exercise can help you strengthen your abdominal muscles. There are other resources out there that can further help you to work on your abs and slowly develop a gorgeous bikini body.