Simple Exercises to Help You Lose Belly Fat
For some of us, the fall and winter months are a welcomed time of year, where we can layer up clothing and completely ignore what is going on beneath. Didn’t achieve the flat stomach you wanted over the summer? No problem–just cover it up with a sweater! Although there is some truth to that, we say it’s never too late to start making changes to your body (no matter what the season) all for the sake of health and longevity. The most problematic part of the body for millions of Americans is not surprisingly the midsection. Stubborn belly fat that accumulates in the midsection is either subcutaneous fat (soft, pinchable fat below the skin) or visceral fat (a deeper layer of fat that surrounds the abdominal organs). Although there are many contributing factors to the buildup of fat in this area (diet, stress, genetics, lack of sleep), there are several ways you can start trimming it down.
A burpee is essentially a squat-thrust that uses your body for resistance and works your core. To try it, stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart and move your hips back as you lower in a low squat. Then, place your hands outside of your feet and hop your feet back, pressing your chest to the floor. Push your hands against the floor to lift into a plank and then jump your feet. With all of your weight planted firmly in your heels, jump into the air.
Start Doing HIIT
High-intensity interval training, orHIIT, is a fast, efficient way get your heart rate up quickly and can help you burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.Studies have shown that one of the added bonuses of HIIT is a higher metabolism, even after the workout is over. This means you can continue to burn calories, shifting your body’s metabolism toward using fat for energy instead of carbs.