Best ways to burn belly fat

South Burnett Times - - HEALTHY LIVING - ww.bodyand­soul.com.au

SAM WOOD “SAM, how do I get rid of my belly fat?” is one of the most com­mon ques­tions I get asked.

There’s no doubt that hav­ing a flat tummy or rock-hard abs is the dream for many of us. Of course, when it comes to our core, it’s not just about how we look. Build­ing our core strength helps us with pos­ture, pre­ven­tion of in­jury and should be a key area of fo­cus in our train­ing.

So with this in mind, here are the best five moves to help you strengthen, tone and shred your core.

1. Burpees

When you’re try­ing to blast away the flab that’s sur­round­ing your tummy you need to work as many mus­cles as pos­si­ble. Burpees have a rep­u­ta­tion for a rea­son – they’re a chal­leng­ing, fast-paced move­ment that’s awe­some for hit­ting ev­ery mus­cle from head to toe. The tip here is to keep up the pace but at a rate that you can main­tain for 30 reps – and most im­por­tantly, re­mem­ber to breathe.

2. Di­ag­o­nal moun­tain climbers

An­other great one for an all-over body burn, di­ag­o­nal moun­tain climbers will not only help tone your abs but help burn over­all fat. Start in a push-up po­si­tion and al­ter­nate your knees to­wards your op­po­site el­bow on a 45-de­gree an­gle. Fo­cus on switch­ing on your abs in these ones and you’ll start to feel a deep burn in your core.

3. Rus­sian twists

Rus­sian twists will chal­lenge your en­tire core and they’ll re­ally put your obliques to work. Grab a medicine ball, dumb­bell, weights or any­thing ly­ing around the house. The key here is to fo­cus on the twist­ing mo­tion, pulling in your lower abs while you move the weight from side to side.

4. Leg low­ers

They may seem easy at first but leg low­ers are one of the best for burn­ing stub­born tummy fat and you’ll be feel­ing sore in your core in no time. Fo­cus on slowly low­er­ing one leg at a time to­wards the ground while mak­ing sure your lower back doesn’t lift off the ground.

5. Side plank hip dips

One of the best ones for blast­ing tummy fat, these are also great for your pos­ture and strength­en­ing your obliques. In a side plank po­si­tion, dip your hips down to­wards the floor and back up with­out ro­tat­ing your body.

Re­mem­ber, you can train around the clock but you’ll burn the most tummy fat if you keep your nu­tri­tion in check too

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

CORE VAL­UES: Build­ing our core strength helps us with pos­ture, pre­ven­tion of in­jury and should be a key area of fo­cus in our train­ing.

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