Simple Exercises to Reduce Belly and Back Fat

 

Belly fat is more than just an unattractive physical problem, since it can pose a serious risk to your health. Belly fat is a sign that there is visceral fat (fat that lies deep within your belly). An excessive amount of visceral fat causes changes in your body like high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance. It can even increase estrogen levels which can lead to higher risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancers. Women should try to maintain their waistlines at a maximum of 35 inches and men should not allow their waist to exceed 40 inches.




 

The most difficult thing about losing weight is that you cannot target a specific spot and work to melt away fat from that particular area. It takes well-planned full-body training to burn the fat and notice overall results. Exercise is part of the strategy to eliminate lower back fat, but it’s not the only strategy. All the side bends, torso rotations and bird dogs in the world can’t whittle away your lumbar load. Spot training just isn’t possible — fat loss doesn’t work like that.

1. Bridges:

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How to Do:

  • Start by lying on your back.
  • Bring your knees up to a 90-degree angle.
  • With your feet flat on the floor, lift your buttocks up until your back is in a straight line.
  • Hold this position for 10-15 seconds, then slowly lower yourself to the ground.
  • Repeat this movement 10-20 times before completing a set.

2. Stability Ball Back Extension:

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How to Do:

  • Lie curled face down on a stability ball with both feet on the floor and your your pelvis and lower abdomen touching the ball.
  • Place both hands at the back of your head.
  • Raise your upper body without shifting your feet until your back is straight.
  • Don’t arch your back further than a straight position.
  • Lower yourself back to the starting position.

3. Triceps Dips:

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How to Do:

  • Sit on a stable bench, chair or stair keeping our hands shoulder width apart and elbows slightly bend.
  • Stretch your legs out in front with a slight bend in the knee and gradually lower your body towards the floor with the support of your arms until the elbows are at 90-degree angle.
  • Now, press down into the bench straighten your elbows and raise your body up to the starting position.
  • This entire down and up movement makes 1 repetition.
  • Complete 15 to 20 repetitions at a time.





4. Swimming Exercise:

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How to Do:

  • Begin by lying on your stomach with your arms in front of you against the mat.
  • Slowly lift your arms and legs off the floor, as if moving into a “Superwoman” or “Superman” position, keeping them together as they hover over the mat.
  • Inhale as you lift your right arm and left leg at the same time.
  • Inhale again as you lift your left arm and right leg higher until your movements start to resemble “swimming” in the air.
  • Do 3 sets of 8 switches from right to left.

5. Reverse Curl with Ball:

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How to Do:

  • Lie on your back with your arms by your sides.
  • Rest your heels and calves about knee-width apart on the ball.
  • Tense your abs and, holding the ball between your heels and thighs, raise it off the floor.
  • Slowly, return to starting position.

6. Flutter Kicks:

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How to Do:

  • Lie on the floor and lift up on your forearms.
  • Slowly criss cross your legs up and down, but hovering low over the ground as much as possible.
  • Pretend like an elephant is resting their arm on your lower belly.
  • If you do that, there is no way that back will arch!

7. Rolling Plank Exercise:

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How to Do:

  • Take your position on the floor or a mat in such a way that your knees and elbows are resting on the ground.
  • You need to look forward so that your neck is aligned with your spine.
  • Now lift the knees up so that you support your legs now on your toes.
  • Now contract your knees and keep it in this plank pose for about 30 seconds. Make sure that you breathe normally during this routine.
  • Now move to and fro for the next half a minute to constitute a rolling plank exercise.





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