Excess fat under the belly button, that little area you might call a “pooch,” is a common trouble area. Since it’s not possible to spot reduce, you’ll need to decrease your overall body fat with a combination of a healthy diet and regular workout plan that includes cardio, strength training.
Time for a quick cardio interval! This explosive total body power move blasts away major calories while engaging some of the largest muscles in your body (legs and glutes). Start standing with your feet slightly wider than hip width. Lower yourself into a squat position, keeping knees behind your toes and bending elbows by your sides.
Forward Sliding Pike
The forward sliding pike is a challenging move that works multiple muscles at once — with a major emphasis on your abs, shoulders and arms — to burn more calories in less time. Begin in a pike position with knees bent with hands on towels. Your body should resemble an upside down letter ‘V’.
Sliding Knee Tucks
The sliding knee tuck is a sliding plank variation that works deep into the abdominals and targets the chest and arms too. Begin in a full plank position with feet on towels,
Skipping is not only fun exercise, it’s also a great way to get your heart rate up quickly and tap into the fast-twitch muscle fibers in your legs. Stand with your feet together, arms by your side. Skip forward by stepping your left foot forward and jumping up, driving left knee in front of hip and swinging arms to help power the movement.
Reverse Plank Slide
Zero in on the lower part of the abdominal wall, and work your arms and shoulders in the process with this double-duty move. Begin seated with legs straight, hip width apart, toes pointed, heels on towels, and hands behind hips fingertips facing body.
Plank Sliding Climbers
Crank up your cardio without the impact by smoothing out traditional mountain climbers. Begin in a full plank position with your feet on the towels, hip width apart. Engage abs and bend your left knee up towards your chest.
Double Crunch Curl
Isolate the lower part of the abdominal wall with this challenging move that requires a lot of core control. Lie on your back face up with your legs bent at 90-degrees, arms extended by your sides, palms on top of towels. Exhale and lift your head and shoulders off the floor as the pelvis tilts up and your hips lift slightly off the floor,
Sliding Squat Thrust
This low impact version of a traditional squat thrust may be smoother, but don’t be fooled, it’s just as challenging for your heart. Plus, the sliding motion adds an extra challenge for the abs. Stand with your feet on towels, hip width apart, with arms extended overhead. Squat down to floor, placing hands under shoulders and slide legs out to a full plank position (keep abdominals drawn in tight, and avoid letting lower back sag.)
Held Double Diamond Crunch
This move works the abdominal wall (with an extra emphasis on the lower half) to help develop strong, pulled in, flat muscles across your front. Lie on your back face up, with your hands clasped behind your head, elbows open to sides and head and shoulders lifted off the floor; knees bent and open to sides with inside edges of feet pressed together.