21 Best Ab Exercises to Reduce Belly Fat at Home

Best Ab Exercises to Reduce Belly Fat at Home

A flat, slim, muscular, lean belly! Who doesn’t dream of it? But how to achieve this goal? Is a healthy diet enough? Not really. Your body needs physical exercises as well, to increase metabolism, to burn calories, to maintain muscular tonus, to prevent or wipe up cellulitis, to pump up your energy levels, to regulate hormonal production, to oxygenate your organs and tissues, and to reduce belly fat.
Sounds great, but… what exercises should you do?
Here we come to present you 21 simple, cool, great, effective, fun exercises to reduce belly fat, little by little, as you do them. We promise you will love them and you will feel attracted to do them.

21 Best Ab Exercises to Reduce Belly Fat at Home

    1. Push Ups
    2. Abs-Crunches
    3. Lifted Legs Crunch
    4. Twist and Crunch
    5. Side Crunch
    6. Reverse Crunches
    7. Hip Lift
    8. Mountain Climbing
    9. Bicycle Fun Crunch
    10. Face to Knees Abs
    11. Walking
    12. Happy Flipper Crunch
    13. Sit and Twist
    14. Lift the Ball
    15. Leg Lifts
    16. Bridge Abs
    17. Hip Lift
    18. Jumping rope
    19. Power Kickbacks
    20. Lunge Twist
    21. Standing Knee Up

Exercise #1: Push-ups

Push-ups
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It’s a very popular and effective exercise which strengthens your abdominal and upper body muscles. If you do them correctly, you will get multiple benefits.

How to Do It

  1. Lay on the floor, do a straight plank (support your body weight on your hands and toes, fingers spread facing forward).
  2. Position your elbows not too close to your body, and not up to the level of your shoulders, but in the middle.
  3. Bend the elbows, lower your body all the way down a few inches off to the floor, supporting your body on your hands and toes. Keep the head aligned with your spine and your torso neutral. While you go down, breathe in.
  4. Push yourself away from the ground, to the initial plank position. Don’t stop halfway. While you push up, breathe out.

Possible errors: you do it too fast and don’t go all the way down and up.
How to do it right: So, do it slowly, feel the muscles contracting, and go all the way – no cheating if you want those fab-ab.

Exercise #2: Abs-Crunches

Abs-Crunches
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Nothing sculpts your abdomen easier and faster than crunches, fitness experts say. This is one of the top belly fat burning exercises that are also very simple.
How to do it

  1.  Lie back on the floor with your knees bend so that your feet sit on the ground.
  2.  Bring your hands under your head.
  3.  Lift your shoulders and upper body, supporting your head with your hands.
  4.  When you’re ready to start, inhale.
  5.  Exhale while you lift your upper body. Hold it right there for 3 seconds.
  6.  Inhale while you get back on the floor. Hold it again for 3 seconds.

Exercise #3: Lifted Legs Crunch

Target? Your lower belly will be contracted and relaxed to help it shed off some fat.
How to do it:

  1.  Lie down on with the back on the floor.
  2.  Lift your upper body and extend hands above your head, while simultaneously bring your legs straight up to a 90 degrees angle.
  3.  Inhale, while you lift shoulders and legs and crunch up. Hold posture and breathe for 5 seconds, while contracting lower abdomen.
  4.  Exhale, while you lower your legs to a 45 degrees angle and your hands extended back, by your ears. Hold posture and breathe for 5 seconds, while contracting your lower abdomen.
  5. Do 10-15 crunches sets.

Exercise #4: Twist and Crunch

Turn the famous Beatles song Twist and Shout on, as you will twist and crunch on the lyrics that are such a good fit for this particular exercise.
This exercise is a regular crunch with a… twist.
How to do it
1. Start with a regular crunch and instead of lifting both shoulders at the same time, lift one shoulder at a time.
2. Lift the right shoulder towards your left side, while the left shoulder remains on the ground. And the other way around.
3. Use the breathing technique, too.
Do 10-15 twist crunches in a session, in the beginning.

Exercise #5: Side Crunch

This is a regular crunch with a… side twist. It also targets your side abdominal muscles.
How to do it
1. Start with a regular crunch.
2. Tilt your legs on a side, diagonal. Correlate the lifted shoulder with the lifted legs – do them on the same side, simultaneously.
Do 2-3 sets of side crunches (10 times each) daily.

Exercise #6: Reverse Crunches

Yes, crunches are the best exercises for your belly, to help it shed some layers of fat and tone it in the same time. Go in reverse with this crunch variation.
How to do it
1. Start with a regular crunch, but lift simultaneously the shoulders up and the knees towards your head.
2. Do these movements simultaneously: lift the shoulders and bend your knees in reverse.

Exercise #7: Hip Lift

Your lower abs are tone with this exercise, as well as your hips and lower back.

How to do it
1. Lie back on the floor with your arms resting on each side of your body and palms facing down.
2. Gradually lift your legs up, with your knees bend to an angle of 90 degrees.
3. Keep lifting your legs up, then your pelvis from the ground, pushing with your hands against the floor to help you.
4. Maintain the angle while you lift your legs up to the ceiling. The movement is from your lower back and abdominal muscles.
5. Return to the initial position.

Exercise #8: Mountain Climbing

This is a very easy, dynamic and fun exercise that burns layers of fats from the belly. Your abdominal muscles are contracted and worked out.
How to do it
1. Start from a plank position.
2. Draw your right knee to your chest with by using the abdominal muscles, then extend it back into plank position. Do the same with the other leg.
3. Do this fast, like you would hike a mountain, draw one leg at a time to the chest.

Exercise #9: Bicycle Fun Crunch

Have fun pedaling in the air, burning calories, and melting down lower belly fat with every step.
How to do it
1. Lie back and put your hands under your head – now you’re ready to crunch some more.
2. Lift up your legs at 45 degrees and bend your knees.
3. Start pedaling with your feet and synchronize each pedal push with bringing the elbow to meet the opposite knee (left knee touches right elbow, and the other way around).

Exercise #10: Face to Knees Abs

A very effective abs training exercise that works your ab muscles and burns the belly fat.
How to do it
1. Lie back on the floor.
2. Lift your upper body up and in the same time, bring your knees to your chest, like trying to touch them with your head.
3. Hold 3 seconds and return to the initial position.

Exercise #11: Walking

Yes, walking is the most basic, simple, effective exercise that you can do daily, without doing much effort. It burns fat, it stimulates metabolism and maintains your muscular tonus. We are not going to tell you how to do it, you already know how to walk.
For this specific purpose, you’ll need to walk at a steady pace for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.
You can increase the speed and dynamic of your walk.
You can do this when you walk your dog, do shopping, go to work, go out with your baby.

Exercise #12: Happy Flipper Crunch

This is a crunch variation where you “flip” (your feet) like a happy dolphin.
How to do it
1. Start on the floor, lie back, with your hands by each side of your body, palms facing down.
2. Lift your legs up at a 60-degree level and just flip each foot up and down, no more than 10 inches.
3. Tight your abs, do the moves by contracting your abdominal muscles.

Exercise #13: Sit and Twist

This targets your side abdominal muscles and your waistline.
How to do it
1. Sit on your buttocks, with your legs flexed.
2. Keep your back straight (can be difficult).
3. Hold the joint of your right hand with the left hand in front of you and start twisting to the left, and to the right, successively. You can also hold a ball in between your hands.
4. Feel your abdominal muscles at work.

Exercise #14: Lift the Ball

Work your lower abs with a ball between your legs.
How to do it
1. Lie back on the floor and hold a ball between your feet.
2. Keep your shoulders and upper body down on the floor, only lift your legs holding tight to the ball.
3. Feel your abs working.
4. Slowly lift the ball up with your legs, then slowly bring the ball down.

Exercise #15: Leg Lifts

One of the best ways to reduce belly fat is to do side lift exercises, supporting your head on your head – elbow on the floor.
How to do it
1. Lay on your right side, with your legs straight out on the floor.
2. Lift the left leg straight up in the air, as high as you can, and tighten your abdominal muscles as you do it. Execute at least 12 lifts.
3. Turn on the other side and life the other leg 12 times.

Exercise #16: Bridge Abs

Sculpt your abs fast with this spot on lifting exercise.
How to do it
1. Lay on your back with your hands on each side of your body.
2. Push your lower back up, knees bend, feet flat on the floor, body like a bridge.
3. Slowly bring your lower back down on the floor.
4. Repeat 10 times.

Exercise #17: Hip Lift

Another fabulous ab cutting exercise that burns your belly fat as you do it.
How to do it
1. Do the Bridge Lift, then lift up and extend your right leg. Slowly get down.
2. Get your hips up again, then extend the other leg. Come down slowly.
Support your weight in your hands as well.

Exercise #18: Jumping rope

Fun, dynamic, and sweaty, this exercise will shake your belly and shed the fat.
How to do it
1. Jump the rope for 3-7 minutes daily.
2. Put some dynamic music on and jump up with rhythm.

Exercise #19: Power Kickbacks

A fat burning exercise, these kickbacks are all about your fab abs.
How to do it
1. Kneel on all fours, toes pointed outward.
2. Now draw your left knee in, towards your chest, contract your abs, then kick back, extending the leg. Repeat 10 times.
3. Switch to the other leg. Repeat 10 times.

Exercise #20: Lunge Twist

Tone your abs and reduce fat with this exercise that raises your inner fire.
How to do it
1. Stand with your legs shoulders width apart.
2. Bend your knees slightly.
3. Take a step forward with your left leg, so that your knee makes a 90-degree angle. Your right leg is extended backward.
4. Keep your back straight.
5. Come back in the initial position.
6. Repeat on the other side, with the other leg.
Do a set of (left-right leg) 12 lunges.

Exercise #21: Standing Knee Up

This is a very simple and fun exercise that will tone your legs and abdominal muscles. It will also reduce belly fat.
1. Stand with your legs shoulders-widths apart.
2. Simply lift one knee at a time, as high as you can.

7 Advantages of Exercising at Home

  1.  You can make the exercises fun! Throw a burning fat “party” every day alone or with your friends at your place, the way you want it, on your own terms.
  2. You will save money on gas for your car, gym membership fee, and others.
  3.  You will save time with transportation, from driving back and forth.
  4.  You will feel “at home” literarily, cozy and private, in the comfort of your own house.
  5.  You have freedom in establishing your own schedule, whenever you want. You can change it anytime you like it. You can do it whenever you feel like it. You can cancel it at any time and do it later or earlier that you’ve planned it.
  6.  You are your own trainer. How cool is that! Nobody to push you to do things and tell you what to do.
  7.  No more excuses that you don’t have time. You are more consistent with your routines and plans, as you can’t say you can’t get to the gym, too much traffic today, bad weather, you’re late and you can’t make it on time.

Start a 21-day Wonderful-Belly challenge today! You can:
do a different type of exercise every other day – 21 exercises in 21 days
choose only one exercise that you like from this list and do it every day for the whole period combine them all the way you like throughout this 21 days challenge.
Don’t procrastinate! Take action and fulfill now your desire and goal to be slim, fit, toned, determined, confident, healthy and happy.

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