Exercises to Reduce Abdominal Fat

Your body tends to store fat around your belly which looks unsightly. To tackle this issue, make sure you follow a proper diet and do these exercises to reduce abdominal fat.
Exercises to Reduce Abdominal Fat

Last update: 02 September, 2018

For some, shedding fat from their belly is easier than shedding fat from other areas of their body. But sadly, it doesn’t magically disappear! To reach your goals, you’ll have to do a series of exercises to reduce abdominal fat alongside eating a healthy diet. As such, you’ll be able to eliminate belly fat and get the flat stomach you’ve always dreamed of. Keep reading to see which exercises to reduce abdominal fat have made our list.

Exercises to reduce abdominal fat

Whether you exercise at home or at the gym, pay attention to the following exercises to reduce abdominal fat. You should do this workout three times a week (rest for one day, between each workout). On top of losing weight, you can also sculpt your abs. And you don’t have to be an expert to do this either!

1. Crunches

These are the “basic crunches” that everyone knows. First, lie on your back, on a mat, with your knees bent and your feet planted on the ground. Then, put your hands behind your neck (with your elbows facing outwards).

Slowly raise your torso until your shoulder blades no longer touch the mat. Make sure your abs are working, and not your back. If your back hurts or is bothering you, you aren’t doing it correctly. Lower your torso and return to the starting position. Do 20 repetitions.

2. Burpees

Burpees are next on our list of exercises to reduce abdominal fat. They also give you a cardio workout and strengthen your legs and arms. It’s a complete exercise! Start on your feet, and bend forward to bring your hands to the ground (with only your knees bent).

Next, stretch out your legs and do a push-up. Bring your knees back and return to the starting position, and jump up with your legs stretched out. Repeat for one minute without resting.

people doing burpees at the gym

3. Planks

Planks are one of the most efficient exercises for your abs. They require more effort than traditional exercises, but you’ll definitely see results. First, lie face down on a mat with your legs stretched out.

Then, place your forearms on the ground and lift your body. Only your forearms and the tips of your toes should be touching the ground. Then, make sure that your legs and torso are parallel to the floor. Initially, try to hold this position for 30 seconds. Once you’ve gained more experience – after a couple of weeks – work up to one minute.

4. CrossFit sit-ups

These are a variation of crunches, but much more intense. In addition, they’re great for reducing belly fat, while gaining body function. Lie on your back with your legs stretched out. Then, bend your knees and place the soles of your feet on the ground.

Stretch your arms out behind your head. Then, using your abdominals – and the push from your arms – lift your torso until your chest touches your knees. Finally, return to the starting position. Do 15 repetitions.

5. Bicycle crunches

Another great exercise that accomplishes two objectives: it burns fat from your abdomen and strengthens your arms and legs. Furthermore, it’s perfect for working on your coordination! Lie down on your back, on a mat and bring your knees to your chest. Your hands should be behind your back.

Stretch out your right leg and twist your torso so that your right elbow touches your left knee. Then, repeat this on the other side (left leg stretched out). Make sure that when one leg is stretched out, the other is bent. Do 20 repetitions on each side.

woman doing bicycle crunches exercises to reduce abdominal fat

6. Vertical scissors

Finally, we’ll give you an exercise that works your lower abs, which is great for eliminating stored fat. What’s more, it might look simple to do but it actually requires effort.

Start on your back, on a mat with your legs stretched out and your arms at your sides. Lift your right leg and extend it until it’s perpendicular to the ground. Slowly bring it down and before it touches the floor, lift your left leg.

The goal here is for your legs to cross close to the floor, without letting your heels touch the ground. In other words, your legs should always be up in the air. To make this a little more challenging, put your hands behind your neck and lift your shoulder blades off the mat. Lift each leg 20 times.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.