Belly fat can be maddening. It is tough to dress around and hard to lose. Aesthetics aren’t the only issue where belly fat is concerned, though. Belly fat (or visceral fat) has also been associated with health problems. A person with belly fat may be at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Because of the American obsession with losing unsightly belly fat, people have devised many shortcuts to achieve well-sculpted abs. These lose-fat-quick schemes may include extreme diets and pills and are often ineffective and even dangerous.
There may not be any shortcuts to losing belly fat, but if you’re willing to invest some effort for regular ab workouts, there are some intense but efficient routines that can help you tone stomach muscle without spending a great deal of time. The following workout can be completed in just five minutes. It consists of three segments: mountain climbing, planks, and knee to elbow crunches. The three segments are to be performed for 30 seconds per segment and will be repeated continuously until the end of the fifth minute.
Exercise number 1 – Mountain Climbing
- Begin with the traditional push-up position, shoulders over the hands and weight resting on the toes.
- Bring the right foot forward, while bending the knee. Keep the body weight resting on the ball of the foot as you begin to “climb the mountain.”
- Switch positions of the legs. This time it will be the left knee in a forward position while the right leg is stretched out behind you. Think of it as running in place, but in a plank position.
- Move through the climber exercise as fast as you can with no break for 30 seconds.
Exercise number 2 – Plank
- Start on the floor while resting on forearms and knees and come up to the plank position. Contract the abdominal muscles to maintain a straight body posture. The spine must be parallel to the floor with the feet close to hip distance apart.
- Stay in this position for 30 seconds.
Exercise number 3 – Knee to Elbow Crunch
- Start on the floor in a supine position.
- Put your hands behind your head.
- Bring your knees in toward the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the ground without pulling on your neck.
- Straighten back to the starting position.
- Repeat the routine as many times as you can in 30 seconds.
The three routines can be repeated as many times as possible within the five-minute period. As you get more familiar with the exercises, you should be able to do more reps within the same time span. Be consistent. Five minutes a day isn’t long, and it’s a small trade-off for toned abs that enhance your appearance and overall health.