From magazines to Instagram, it seems like everywhere you turn there's another article or post telling you how to get rid of your belly fat. But the truth is, there's no one-size-fits-all solution; what works for your best friend might not work for you. The good news is, there are plenty of exercises that can help target belly fat specifically. And the best part? You can do them all from the comfort of your own home! Here are three of our favorite plank workouts to help reduce belly fat.
This exercise is great for targeting those hard-to-reach lower abs. To do a reverse plank, start by sitting on the ground with your legs extended in front of you and your palms flat on the ground behind you. Next, press down into your palms and lift your hips and butt off the ground so that your body forms a straight line from your head to your heels. Hold this position for 30 seconds to one minute, then lower back down to the starting position and repeat.
2. The Side Plank:
The side plank is great for toning your obliques—the muscles along the sides of your waist. To do a side plank, start by lying on your side with your legs extended and one forearm flat on the ground beneath you, perpendicular to your body. Next, press down into your forearm and lift your hips and knees off the ground so that your body forms a straight line from your head to your feet. Hold this position for 30 seconds to one minute, then lower back down to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
3. The Pilates Scissor:
This move is a great way to target both the rectus abdominis (aka the "six-pack muscles") and the obliques at the same time. To do a Pilates scissor, start by lying on your back with both legs in the air and both hands resting on the ground beside you. Next, slowly lower one leg toward the ground while keeping the other leg elevated, then switch legs and repeat. Continue alternating for 30 seconds to one minute.
There are endless ways to work out at home, but if you're specifically looking to target belly fat, these three plank exercises are a great place to start! Remember to focus on quality over quantity—it's better to do fewer reps with proper form than it is to do more reps with sloppy form—and be sure to listen to your body; if an exercise feels too challenging or causes pain, stop immediately and consult a doctor or certified personal trainer before continuing. Happy planking! Until Next Time!...XOXO 🍁🧡🍂
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