If you want to lose your gut, you need to work as many muscles as possible. The burpee does just that. The explosive exercise – which entails going from a pushup position to a jump and back to a pushup position – hits every muscle from head to toe.
In fact, a recent study from the American College of Sports Medicine found that 10 fast-paced reps are just as effective at revving your metabolism as a 30-second all-out sprint, so you can burn your belly fat faster than ever before.
2. Running or walking
Okay, you’re probably thinking, ‘How does moving your legs shrink those love handles?’ Well, the truth is there’s no way to target belly fat. Your genetics get to decide where the fat settles in your body, so the best thing to do is start moving.
As you exercise, calories are burned and your body fat percentage decreases. So, exercising not only helps you lose belly fat, it also sheds fat from other areas. Running and walking are two of the best fat-burning exercises. Plus, the only equipment you need is a good pair of shoes. Between the two, running burns more calories, but walking really isn’t too far behind.
Running and walking can be part of your interval training routine and do not forget to warm up and cool down if your take up running for weight loss.
According to certified personal trainer Doug Sklar, who spoke to Reader’s Digest, holding a plank for about 60 seconds for 3 consecutive sets leads to the best results. If you are a beginner, you can start with 30 seconds per set and make your way up to a minute. On the other hand, if you are fairly familiar with planking, resist the temptation of showing off your core strength by holding a plank for an eternity. The idea is to do a perfect plank for a minute, rather than a good enough plank for five.
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