Cardio Exercises for Abs - Lose Belly Fat and Love Handles
recent addition to the wardrobe may be a gorgeous dress that falls
nicely onto your body, allowing you to show off all the right curves,
but there may be something that keeps you from flaunting this beauty
at a party. Is it your love handles? Love handles, also often referred
to as a muffin top, might be adorable to look at but not when they
bulge from underneath a fitting shirt worn over neatly cut pants.
A lot of women are constantly faced with this problem and are always
on the lookout for exercises that will help them perfect these troubled
areas. Though many women like to believe that doing crunches is
going to help them shape up, one must realize that crunches can
only help tone muscles and belly fat along with love handles are
basically fat without muscle. Therefore, what works best is combining
cardio workouts along with specific abdominal exercises and a clean
diet to attack the problem from all angles.
A solution to this problem could be investing some time regularly
in cardio exercise, to start with. Cardio, also referred to as aerobic
exercise, are physical exercises that makes the heart beat faster
and pumps more blood throughout your system which helps to strengthen
your heart and lungs. Activities like swimming, running, jogging,
walking and cycling fall under this category of exercise. Cardio
exercises help burn calories, increases metabolism, increase the
requirement of energy in the body, and also increase the circulation
of blood through the system. It is also known to improve your mood
and stamina, as agreed upon by studies done by the Mayo Foundation
for Medical Education and Research. It is therefore common for people
who intend on losing fat or improving the health of their heart
to opt for a cardio workout routine. This also explains why people
who want to trim up their love handles are routinely advised to
include cardio exercise in their overall workout program.
Having well defined abs and obliques (love handles) is difficult
as long as you have extra flab in the abdominal and core area. This
is precisely where cardio exercise steps in and helps you start
by burning the extra flab. Once this has been done, you can proceed
to toning your muscles, as you watch the fat around your love angels
eventually go away. Cardio exercise also works effectively for those
suffering from lung related diseases too as suggested by research
by the Mason-National Institutes of Health collaboration. This only
ensures that a number of people, irrespective of their health status,
can benefit from these exercises.
Keeping these advantages in mind, here are 5 great exercises that
will help you perfect those love handles and waistline:
1. Start with a Run
There's nothing like kick-starting the day with an early morning
run to make your way towards shaping up your stomach and midsection.
Running helps burn twice the amount of calories as walking, and
burning the extra fat around your waist is a good start to shaping
your love handles. It also helps strengthen bones and assists in
the building of stamina which could be of use during other cardio
exercises. Apart from running shoes, there is very little equipment
that is required for this cardio exercise.
2. Torso Twister for The Dancing Soul
Dancing makes for a fun activity for those who love spending some
time with peppy music while sweating it out. A great exercise such
as the Torso Twister is just what you need if you want to make your
workout fun. Position your arms in front of your chest and place
your feet together. Upon moving your left foot in and twisting your
waist to the left, bring your right foot in and untwist your waist.
Repeat this routine with your right leg. Play just the right kind
of dance music, and repeat this routine in a loop for an entire
song. These movements will most certainly help tone the muscles
around your waist and be a fun activity at the same time.
3. Bicycle Crunches
This exercise is considered to be the most effective workout for
toning the abs, as it ensures that the abdominal wall muscles and
the obliques get flexed and activated adequately. Spread out a mat
on the floor, lay on your back, bring your legs forward in the table
top position, and place both your hands behind your head with shoulder
blades in the air. Stretch your left leg in the air; bring your
right leg closer to the chest with the left shoulder touching the
right knee. Repeat this around 20 times. Elbows should be kept wide
and care should be taken so as to not pull your head with your hands.
This cardio exercise works wonders by helping you flex your largest
abdominal muscle, the rectus abdominus.
4. Mountain Climbers
This exercise is ideal for a session before or after a run in the
morning. Place yourself in the push-up position, with weight balancing
on your hands, keeping your arms stretched out while placing your
hands on the floor and the rest of the body weight on your toes.
Pull your right leg forward, folding it at the knee, allowing your
body weight to rest onto the ball of the left foot. Repeat the same
with your right leg and continue doing so without a break for at
least 30 seconds. A cardio exercise such as this one helps strengthen
your abs and eventually your flabby muffin top will vanish!
5. Design a Routine for Yourself
If you think that one particular cardio exercise is not intense
enough for you, you can always plan out a 15 to 20 minute cardio
workout session that is a combination of several exercises. You
could include a minute each of different cardio exercises such as
the jumping oblique twist, jumping jacks, lateral jumps, sumo squats,
all of which mainly focus on the core and the lower regions of the
body and help define the midsection effectively. Similarly, one
could add 20 flutter kicks, Pilates side hip raises, toe touch crunches,
Pilates leg pulls, jackknife crunches and reclined oblique twists
each. This routine will offer a complete flexing of all the muscles
of the abdominal region while helping you burn a sufficient number
of calories during the workout.
Doing cardio exercise makes for an excellent start to the day as
it tends to pump you up with energy instead of tiring you out. Studies
published in the Archives of Internal Medicine have already established
links between cardio exercise and depression, which supports the
fact that when coupled with a healthy diet, not only do cardio exercise
help you carve out perfect abdominals, they also ensure that you
are comfortable with your body and carry yourself with utmost self-confidence!