The Best Exercises to Reduce Belly Fat

In this article, we'll show you some of the best exercises to reduce belly fat, as this part of your body tends to accumulate fat easily and it can be hard to define.
The Best Exercises to Reduce Belly Fat

Last update: 16 September, 2018

Who wouldn’t like to magically reduce belly fat? However, diets and exercise are essential for good results. In this article, we’ll give you a full exercise routine to achieve your goal.

Exercises to lose belly fat

Whether you work out at the gym or at home, you can follow a routine to lose belly fat faster. Physical activity is essential for achieving a flat stomach. Although, you don’t have to spend hours doing crunches.

Below, we have listed the best exercises to reduce belly fat:

1. Mountain climbers

This exercise is part of a CrossFit routine, and because it burns a huge amount of calories, you can use it to reduce belly fat. To begin, place both of your hands on the floor, and extend your legs back, supporting your weight with your tiptoes.

Girl doing mountain climbers to reduce belly fat.
The next step is to bring one knee up to your chest, while the other one remains extended. Switch sides and flex your other knee. You should do this in a continuous movement, as if you were climbing up a mountain. Hence the name of the exercise.

2. Plank

The plank is one of the best exercises to burn belly fat, but, you must keep in mind that it’s pretty difficult to do. Start by doing it for a few seconds, and increase the time gradually–as you gain experience and strength.

Girl doing a plank to reduce belly fat.

Lie face down on the ground, or on an exercise mat, with your legs extended. Lift your body up and support your weight on your tiptoes, underarms and elbows. Hold the position for as long as you can, and then rest.

3. Isometric squats

Everyone thinks that squats are designed to slim your legs, or define your glutes. However, they’re also a great way to reduce belly fat. But you have to perform them in a certain way. How? Follow the isometric way.

You have to maintain the squat position for 20 seconds, and after you’ve flexed your legs. Always keep your back straight. If you find this difficult at first, use a wall for support.

4. Bicycle crunches

It’s obvious that crunches should not be missing from a routine to reduce belly fat! Although basic crunches are not the only option. We recommend that you perform bicycle crunches, because they’re the most effective way to burn calories.

Woman doing bicycle crunches to reduce belly fat.

It’s a simple movement: lie on your back on the exercise mat, put your hands behind the nape of your neck, and flex one knee up to your chest. Your other leg should remain straight. Twist your torso slightly towards, and in the direction of your flexed knee. Then, repeat the movement with the other leg. While lying down, you should mimic the movements you make when pedaling a bike.

5. Side plank

If you don’t like the ‘love-handles’ on the sides of your belly, you may find this exercise very useful. You’ll need balance and arm strength, but the results are amazing.

Woman doing a side plank to reduce belly fat.
How to work your abs by performing a side plank.

Lie on your side on the exercise mat, with your legs closed and together. Use the elbow and underarm that is closest to the floor to support your weight when you lift your body from the ground. In relation to the floor, you should be in a perpendicular position. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can use only the palm of your hand as a support. To achieve better balance, we recommend that you stretch your free hand up to the ceiling, and turn your neck in the same direction.

6. Leg lifts

This is another way to reduce belly fat, without you even noticing! With this exercise, you work your abs and at the same time, you strengthen your pelvis and waist. Lie on your back with your legs stretched out.

Slightly lift your back from the ground, using your elbows and underarms as support. Your head should be relaxed, so that you avoid straining your neck. Lift your legs slightly, and elevate your right leg as far as you can. Then, lower it slowly at the same time as you elevate your left leg.

If you want to reduce belly fat, besides doing these exercises, we recommend that you eat more fruits and vegetables and that you drink at least two liters of water every day.

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