…Motivational Monday: Reducing Stomach Fat…

The main question that is asked/heard is ” How do I get rid of my stomach fat”…or ‘How do I get rid of my love handles?”…there is one reply to anyone asking “How do I get rid of…”…

You can NOT target just one area of your body! You have to work out your whole body to get optimal results!

In order to reduce the fat in those trouble areas you must start to eat healthier (cutting out the foods high in fat and low in nutritional value) and increasing your activity during the day.

And most importantly, it take time!!!! You will not see immediate results after working out one day…or one week! It take weeks for your body to burn away the stored fat that you have accumulated.  Bell fat/fat in the hip region is the first place fat goes when you gain weight, and the last fat to be burned when you are trying to lose weight.  It is very important to have a high energy workout (or long interval cardio session) to help you to burn the access body fat.

According to this article, here are some of the best cardio routines and how many calories on average you will burn with each different cardio routine:

“1. Step Aerobics – one of the most favorite cardio exercises preferred by women. Step Aerobics mainly target your legs, hips and glutes, and can burn approximately 400 calories in 30 minutes.

2. Bicycling – stationary or outdoors is a great cardio exercises, depending on resistance and speed can but 250 to 500 calories in 30 minutes.

3. Swimming – like cross-country skiing is an excellent cardio exercises as it is a full body exercises. Swimming is a great cross-training for other cardio activities. Doing the breast stroke can burn approximately 400 calories in 30 minutes.

4. Racquetball – side to side sprinting makes racquetball and excellent cardio exercises. A 145-LB person burns over 400 calories in 30 minutes.

5. Rock Climbing – is not only a cardio exercises, but also uses arm and leg strength and power. Rock Climbing can burn up to 380 calories in 30 minutes.

6. Cross-country Skiing – whether on a machine or outdoors on snow, is an incredible cardio exercises as it involves both upper and lower body. A 145 LB person can burn approximately 330 calories in 30 minutes.

7. Running – Running is an excellent cardio exercises because all you need is a pair of quality running shoes. Running burns serious calories. A 145 LB person can easily burn 300 calories in 30 minutes.

8. Elliptical Trainer – is an excellent cardio exercises and a great way to build endurance. A 145 LB person can burn about 300 calories in 30 minutes.

9. Rowing – is both a cardio exercises as well as giving your arms an incredible workout. 145 LB person can burn about 300 calories in 30 minutes.

10. Walking – Brisk walking is a less strenuous form of cardio exercises. Walking can burn up to 180 calories in 30 minutes. Sprinting, adding hills or an incline can increase amount of calories burned.

For the real high intensity cardio people out there who love the HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training), below are the top three cardio exercise which will provide amazing results!

1. Jumping Rope – This is one of the simplest, yet most effective exercises one can do. In just 15 to 20 minutes, jumping rope will give you an unparalleled total body workout. Jumping rope is ideal for cardiovascular endurance and enhances performance in virtually any sport – tennis, basketball, football, skiing, volleyball and more. This simple exercise is also great for eye-hand coordination, lateral movement, foot and hand speed and agility.

2. Sprinting – Sprinting not only burns HUGE amounts of calories while sprinting, it also keeps your metabolism flying for days after. Sprinting combined with running / jogging can bring amazing results.

3. Spinning – These high-intensity workouts to music simulate a challenging bike ride, complete with hills, valleys and varying speeds, all dictated by the group instructor.”

There are tons of other exercises that you can do other than those listed above.  These are just a few ideas/suggestions of some good cardio rich routines that you can start to do to help start to burn that unwanted stored fat.

Another suggestions would be to participate in some type of exercise class that may be offered in your area.  I know that the YMCA/YWCA may offer some classes at low/discounted prices.  You may also find some classes at your local schools or gyms, or local fitness centers.  I know that in my area there are a group of moms who meet three times a week and make their own exercise class at no cost! It would be good to try to create this type of group or maybe to find one.  Theses classes should not be the main source of your cardio routine, but it is a good start to help you get active.  Once you set a schedule of what days you do your routines, you can schedule other days to add a different or more intense cardio workouts.

Like I said, losing that unwanted stored fat is not easy! It takes time, persistence, dedication, and discipline.

Happy Monday…now lets go get started!!


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2 thoughts on “…Motivational Monday: Reducing Stomach Fat…

  1. steph says:

    Absolutely love this article!! Well done!!

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