If you ask most people what is the one part of their body that they would like to change, most of the time the answer would be their belly. Getting rid of belly fat seems to be one of the most problematic areas that people struggle with when dieting and exercising. The truth is both diet and exercise is needed to get that perfect flat stomach so this article will look at the most effective exercises for achieving that goal.
To get a flat stomach you need to lose the fat that is covering your stomach muscles. That means that you’ll need to combine both cardio to lose that fat and strength exercises to help tone the area if you want the best chances of success. Unfortunately just doing 200 crunches a day isn’t enough – you need to work on losing the fat as well.
It has actually been shown that the best exercise for getting a flat stomach is jogging. Jogging or any other cardio exercise will help burn the fat all over your body including your stomach area.
If you’ve only been doing crunches or other stomach exercises and not seeing any significant results, it is probably because you need to lose the weight first. You can’t tone fat – you have to get rid of it.
Get started by committing to some cardio exercises four times a week for at least thirty minutes each session. You need to increase your heart rate to burn excess calories and start losing weight. Increasing your heart rate also boosts your metabolism to help with calorie burning.
Once you are losing weight, then you can work on your stomach exercises to get that ‘six pack’ ripped look.
You don’t need to do hundreds of crunches to see a difference; in fact any exercise that contracts the muscles around your middle will be effective in toning up that area. Choose your favorite and repeat the exercise 10 to 15 times a day.
Another effective way to expand and contract the stomach is to suck your gut in. Exhale while pulling your gut in and hold for about 20 seconds. The slower release as you inhale. The beauty about this exercise is that you can do it anywhere: at home, at work or even on the bus.
As you can see it takes more than just sit-ups to get a flat stomach, you need to focus on first losing the belly fat and then toning up your muscles. Moderate exercise combined with a healthy diet is the fastest way to get perfect abs.