Frustrated over your expanding waistline? Contrary to popular belief, you cannot crunch your way into a flat, toned stomach. Crunching and sit-ups will only put a lot of strain on the spine! Instead of doing hundreds of backbreaking crunches every day to eliminate pesky belly fat, try these simple, fat-burning belly workouts at home:
1. The Lunge Twist
The lunge twist will tone the abdominal muscle, obliques, glutes and the quads in one fell swoop! To perform the lunge twist, stand with the feet hip-width apart. Bend the knees and elbows slightly. Keep the elbows bent at a 90-degree angle by the hips. Now, take a giant step with your right leg, rotate the torso and arms to the right. Now, rotate the torso back to the center as you push your right foot back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do the other side by lunging forward with the left leg, rotating the torso to the left. Go back to the starting position. Do alternating reps of 16.
2. Step Hop
This is an excellent workout to burn off fat on the midsection while toning the legs and derriere! Start by standing up straight with feet hip-width apart. Keep the knees bent slightly, hands on the hips. Step forward with the right foot then lift the left knee to hip level. Do this as you hop straight up on the right leg. Land softly with your feet. Now do the other side. Alternate the move on both legs by completing 16 reps.
3. Shot Put
This all-around belly workout will slim down the arms, butt and legs while shrinking the waistline!
Start by standing up straight with feet hip-width apart. Keep the right elbow bent by putting the hand by the ear. The left arm should be raised parallel to the shoulder. Now push off the right foot to stand then pivot to the left. Extend the right arm diagonally, as if you are throwing a shot. Repeat the same move on the left and complete an alternating rep of 16.
4. The Lunge Reach
This move will target the butt, the quads, and abdominals. It also builds strength on the shoulders. Start by standing up straight with feet hip-width apart. Keep the knees bent slightly and the arms to the sides. With your left leg, lunge forward, bending both knees at 90-degrees. With arms straight raise it from the side and upwards as you push off the left leg to go back to the starting position. Alternate to the right leg, keeping the same downward-upward motions of the arms. Do 8 reps on each side.
5. Hands-Up Hop
The Hands-Up Hop will tone the glutes abs, arms, and legs. Start by standing up straight with feet hip-width apart. Keep the knees slightly bent and rest the hands on the hips.
Now, step forward with the left foot while lifting the right knee up to hip level in a hop. Extend the arms overhead as you perform the hop. Land softly on your feet, still keeping the hands on the hips. Do at least 10 reps on either side.
6. The Discus Throw
This is an oldie but a goodie! The Discus Throw will tone the abdominals and obliques while keeping the butt, legs and arms toned!
Start by standing up straight with feet hip-width apart. The arms should be extended to the sides at shoulder level. With your right leg, lunge forward then rotate the torso to the right. As you do this, shift your body weight to the left leg quickly, bend the knees then spring into a hop as you turn to the left. Swing the right arm across the body as if you are throwing a discus. Now do 10 reps on each side.