5 easy exercises to burn tummy fat after the holidays

Best exercises to lose belly fat: Incorporate crunches, planks, Russian twists, bicycle crunches, and mountain climbers into your fitness program to win the war against stubborn belly fat.

1. Crunche

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Hands can be placed behind your head or across your chest. Exhale as you crunch upwards, using your core and lifting your shoulders off the floor. Inhale as you lower yourself back down. 

2. Plank

Start in a push-up stance, but placing your weight on your forearms rather than your hands. Maintain a straight line from head to heels by activating your core muscles. Hold this position for 30-60 seconds, or as long as your form allows.

3. Russian Twists

Sit on the floor with your knees bent and your heels on the ground. Balance on your sit bones by leaning back slightly and lifting your feet off the floor. Hold your hands together and twist your torso to the right, then to the left, while remaining engaged in your core. Aim for three sets of 12-15 twists per side.

4. Bicycle Crunches

Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and pull your knees to your chest. Raise your shoulder blades off the ground and straighten your right leg, turning your body to bring your left elbow to your right knee. In a pedaling action, alternate sides. Aim for three sets of 12-15 repetitions per side.

5. Mountain Climbers

Start in a plank position with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Engage your core muscles and alternate bringing your knees to your chest, as if you were sprinting in place. Maintain a brisk, controlled pace by keeping your hips low. Aim for three 30-45-second sets.

Aim to perform these exercises 3-4 times a week for optimal results. 

Incorporate cardio exercises like jogging, cycling, or swimming to help burn overall body fat, including belly fat. 

Pair your workout routine with a balanced diet rich in whole foods, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables to support fat loss. 

Remember, spot reduction is a myth, so while these exercises target the abdominal muscles, overall fat loss requires a holistic approach.  

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