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The “go-to” exercise for many people who want to reduce their belly fat is simple, just do “sit ups.” But are sit-ups really helpful in burning belly fat? Unfortunately, you can’t reduce the fat in your abdomen by doing just sit-ups alone. Spot reducing, or doing exercises to get rid of fat in a targeted area is not effective, but that doesn’t mean that doing sit-ups is a waste of your time. Read on to find out what sit-ups can and cannot do for your belly and do sit ups burn belly fat before you invest in any more time or energy going up and down.
Purpose of Sit-ups:
If you want to get rid of your belly fat, engage in cardio exercises as they help to burn calories and lose weight throughout your body. While sit-ups might not be the best option for losing fat overall, they do offer a lot of other benefits. Sit ups help in strengthening and toning abdominal muscles and give definition to your core area. When you strengthen your core, the posture will also improve. Having a strong core would also help you stay active through the whole day and help you burn more calories and lose weight quickly.
Sit ups help in building abdominal muscles which will help to improve the appearance of your belly by giving it a sculpted look, but if you have fat in your abdomen, the muscles will not show through, they will be lost under layers of fat. Make sure you also include exercises like crunches, side planks, twist crunches, side crunches, reverse crunches, lunge twist, burpees, rolling plank exercises to lose fat from the belly area. Invest in a stationary bike or bicycle for a good dose of cardio. Sit-ups also help strengthen your thigh muscles, so if you want to get rid of cellulite in your thighs, sit-ups are a good option.
How To Do Sit Ups:
It is important to do sit-ups in a proper way to see results. Begin by lying face up on a mat on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. You can either place your hands on the sides of your head or cross your arms over your chest. Keeping your lower body still, lift your torso off the ground and move forward. Squeeze your abs and stay in that position for two seconds. Slowly lower yourself back down until your shoulders are right above the ground and repeat. You can also do sit-ups on a stability ball. Since you want to maintain that balance, you will make use of more muscles. Start with 15 to 20 sit ups in a day and then you can increase each week the number of sit ups.
Surely, by combining cardio exercises along with sit ups, along with reduced calorie intake will help you achieve flat belly really quickly.