A diet program alone will not be enough to combat that stubborn belly fat. This is why here at Drop My Belly Fat we recommend a multi-level approach with a combination of the following as the best exercise for belly fat loss. You should regularly change up the way you exercise to give you variety and make sure your body continues to be challenged.
Cardio / HIIT Training
Regularly doing cardiovascular exercise will help to reduce your overall body fat percentage. Our favorite forms of cardio workout are running, spinning and HIIT training.
Running is our favorite not just because it is great for our bodies, it is great for our minds too. When you go out for a run you are in a place to let your thoughts go and you can just run and breathe, breathe and run, it can be very therapeutic. We’ve heard it said that running is a grown up’s lost link to playing outside, we’ve got to agree. Our advice for new runners is to start slow, what defines you as a runner isn’t how fast you run or how many miles you do, what defines you is the decision to get out the door and do it.
High Intensity Interval Training is a great full body workout which combines short bursts of high intensity exercise alternating with short rest periods and is great for building stamina and for speedy fat loss. It can be applied to running or exercises such as squats. It is considered to be much more effective than normal cardio because the high intensity allows you to increase your aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat than you would with steady moderate exercise. You can expect a post soon on the best HIIT workout plans.
Spinning is built on the same idea and involves using a special stationary exercise bicycle with a weighted flywheel. Spinning classes have a great atmosphere with upbeat music and disco lights, and the motivated instructor keeps you going throughout. This will not just target your legs but will strengthen your arms and core as you cycle simulations of flat roads and hills. It will be oh so challenging but oh so worth it when you are feeling fitter than ever.
Resistance Training / Weights
Resistance training and weights will tighten your core and help you achieve muscle tone whilst targeted exercises will tone your abdominals and obliques. We believe it should be combined with cardiovascular exercise in your exercise routine for optimal results. This is because the cardio has a higher calorie burn so will act to reduce your body fat and weights can act to increase your muscle mass. Basically doing regular cardio will make you slimmer and if you do resistance training or targeted exercises aswell, you will be leaner. See an interesting comparison of resistance training vs. cardio for fat loss here.
For example, a session at the gym could include 30 minutes jogging on the treadmill and 10 minutes of rowing or cycling followed by some weights and resistance training. Your next session may be a spin class which will work your muscles in a different way. Also don’t forget to include rest days in your training plan.
Yoga / Pilates
Yoga will help build your core strength, can improve muscle tone and also improve your overall mental wellbeing. It can be an effective weight loss tool and improve your level of fitness even if you are new to exercise. There is a yoga program to suit everyone and you can find yours here.