Unfortunately, getting rid of belly fat involves more than just performing core exercises. While there are numerous benefits to including core exercises in your workout program such as improved posture, decreased stress to your back, and improved performance, getting rid of belly fat is not one of them. Getting rid of belly fat is achieved through a combination of eating a sensible, reduced-calorie diet, and participating in a progressive resistance training and cardiorespiratory exercise program. This said, two effective exercises for your core that may help give the appearance of a slimmer waist by tightening up the muscles that help support the spine are the plank and ball bridge. Perform the plank exercise as follows: lie on your stomach with your feet together and forearms placed on the ground. Clench your fists under your shoulders, draw-in the belly and squeeze your butt muscles. Lift your body off of the floor and raise up until your body forms a straight line from head to toe. Hold the top position for a few seconds, return to the start, and repeat 10-20 times. To perform the ball bridge, lie on your back with the stability ball between your shoulder blades, head resting on the ball, and hands on the hips. Place your feet on floor, hip-width apart and pointed straight ahead. Draw-in your belly button to tighten the abs and squeeze your butt muscles, while lifting your pelvis until your hips are in-line with your knees and shoulders. Pause at the top for a few seconds and then lower your pelvis back down towards the floor. Repeat this sequence 10-20 times.
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