5 Key Exercises for Losing Belly Fat

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Everyone wants a tight, flat belly but unfortunately it can be one of the most difficult things to achieve. But thankfully there are strategies you can take to get a flatter belly. The best way to a flat belly is exercise and healthy nutrition. Several exercises are particularly useful when it comes to reducing fat around the middle and toning muscles in the core.

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Here are some of the best belly fat exercises for a flatter stomach. You can also read this post for more information on flat belly overnight.

1. Crunches or Sit-Ups
The traditional exercise for a flatter belly is a crunch or a sit-up. This exercise effectively targets the upper abdomen. You can do a great crunch when you lie on the floor and protect your neck by holding your hands beside your ears. Lift the shoulders so that they come off the floor and keep looking up to the ceiling. Hold at the top and then inhale as you return slowly to the floor.

A variation of the crunch is the crunch twist and this is done from the same starting position, but then you twist as you come up so that your right elbow meets your left knee, and then reversed.

2. Pike
Lie on your back and put your legs upwards. You then pull yourself upwards and try to touch your feet. You can modify this exercise by bending your knees so that you crunch upwards a smaller distance.

3. Hip Lift
Lie on your back and keep your arms by your sides. Your legs should be placed over your hips at an angle of 90 degrees. Carefully lift your hips from the floor and then lower your body. Keep your palms facing downwards to the floor.

4. Side Plank
Lie on your side and extend your legs. Your feet should be stacked on top of each other and your hips should be in alignment. The elbow should be below your shoulder. Lift your core so that you are lifting your body to the side. Hold the plank for as long as you can.

5. Leg Drop
Lie on your back and have your legs at a 90 degree angle. Slowly lower the legs, keeping them straight, and then have them carefully touch the floor. Keep your core engaged during the exercise.

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