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The stomach is one of the most stubborn areas of your body to tone and slim. It takes a lot of work to lose weight around your midsection. To trim up for the summer—or any other time of the year—nothing beats a combination of eating healthy and exercising regularly.


But what about when you want to exercise specifically for your midsection? Are there exercises that help you strengthen your core and shed belly fat?


There most certainly are, and in today’s post we’re going to share 3 belly fat exercises which are highly effective, to help you lose belly fat.


Strengthening your core muscles is not just great for your looks. Stronger abs reduce back pain because you improve the support of your upper body.


These exercises below focus on two main concepts:

1. Working off excess fat around the belly.
2. Toning and strengthening your stomach and core muscles.

And when you practice exercises that use this 1-2 combo, over time you’ll see a slimmer waistline and an increase in overall energy.


1. Rolling Crunches

This type of crunch is great for reducing strain and stress on your lower back. As you can see in the video here, you are using a rolling motion to shift your body in an upright position. Do five reps of ten of these every other day, and you’ll see results within two weeks.


2. Squat Jumps


This exercise—like the others on this page—do not require you to have fancy gym equipment or even a gym membership. In fact, you can trim your mid region in the comfort of a living room for just 30 minutes a day.


A squat jump is simply a squat followed by a jump at the end of the movement. Start by positioning your legs shoulder-width apart and squatting with a straight back. When you are in a squatted position, jump and stretch both arms upward into the air. Reverse the maneuver slowly as you return to a squatted position before repeating.


Do this ten times before taking a break. Repeat for five more times for a complete squat jump workout. As with the other workouts on this post, here is a video to help make sure you’re using the correct technique.


 3. Lunge Twist

A lunge twist combines the power of a regular lunge with a turn of your torso, which increases core activity during the stretch.


Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and a slight bend in your knees. Proceed with your lunge and add a rotation from the waist up at the end. It’s vital you keep your back straight during this exercise. You should really feel the activation of your core muscles during the twist.


Play this video for a visual demonstration.


As we already mentioned, nothing beats performing regular exercise and implementing a healthy, natural diet to get the slimmer waistline you want. This routine also increases your state of wellbeing in your entire body, mind, and spirit.


When practicing these three exercises, feel free to switch them up. For example, try doing 5 reps of 10 rolling crunches on Monday, squat jumps on Wednesday, and lunge twists on Friday.


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