Exercises to Reduce Belly Fat
What are the best exercises to reduce belly fat? I get it. You want to know how to lose belly fat. Let’s face it. Losing fat without exercise is not an easy proposition.
Exercise should be a part of your overall health approach, whether it be walking, jogging, lifting weights, swimming, biking, hiking, playing tennis, golf, or other sports, or some combination of above.
There is little doubt. We are a nation/world of sedentary people. We spend much of our time in front of the television set, the computer, and sitting while talking or playing on our cell phones.
Not to mention how much time we spend sitting at the table, eating food that we shouldn’t even feed to our pets. We need to push ourselves away from the dinner table, get up from in front of our computers, and other devises, and get moving.
Without doubt, the best exercises to reduce belly fat is jogging or running. Personally, the best results I have gained from exercise were from jogging. I lived in Los Angeles in the decade of the 1980’s.
I was smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day, drinking boatloads of beer, and imbibing in other areas that were not conducive to being healthy.
I decided, with the help of the Lord, to give it all up, and get my life back, and get healthy. I started running, at first a mile or so, and each day I increased the length of my runs until I was able to run for up to 2 hours without stopping.
The great thing was, living in LA, the weather was great for running. Temps of mid 70’s, little humidity, and lots of sunshine. I was able to run in the 86 LA marathon, and although my time was not good, my half marathon time was decent, I did finish the 26.2 miles. Let’s just say that I finished in the middle of the pack. lol
I was in tremendous shape, and I could eat whatever I wanted, and drink whatever I wanted, and I didn’t gain weight. I didn’t have an ounce of fat on me, as they say.
I looked great, if I may say so myself, and I had energy and strength for work that seemed endless, and my stress levels greatly decreased. At the time I worked at a plumbing supply, which necessitated lifting water heaters, commodes, cabinets, and other heavy objects.
No problemo senor. It was the best I looked and felt in my life. Of all the exercises to reduce belly fat fast, running is number one on my list.
Working Out at the Gym
In 1990, I moved back to the midwest, and running became more difficult due to the wild temperature swings, rain, snow, sleet, etc.
I decided to join a gym, and staying in shape was not as easy as when I was in LA, but it was definitely doable.
Great thing about the gym was despite the weather, I knew I could get a good workout in, as long as I spent enough time working out. I liked the treadmills because I could replicate to some degree, my regular running. I also learned that muscle burns fat, so I decided to also use the weight machines to build muscle, as well as help with the cardio. I also really enjoyed taking a jacuzzi when I was finished, and if a few attractive gals happened to be there, all the better.
I also made swimming a semi regular part of my exercise routine, at least in the summer. Seems there was always a pool, either mine, a friend’s, or at the
gym that I could use to swim laps, or even treading water, if it was a crowded summer day. Believe it, you can get a good aerobic workout by treading water, and you only need enough space to spread your arms out.
Best thing about swimming is that it’s low impact. If you have joint issues, or other aches and pains, swimming will allow you to exercise with minimal, if any pain, and may even feel good on those sore muscles, and joints. Swimming is one of the best exercises to reduce belly fat.
Ok, so maybe you don’t want to train to run a marathon, or become a triathlete that can run a full marathon, 26.2 miles, bike for 112 miles, and swim in the ocean for 2 miles concurrently.
Did you know that walking for 20-30 minutes at a time, 3 times a week can give you an aerobic benefit? It can also greatly lower your chances for developing osteoporosis. It can provide a stress relief, and can even help you to fall asleep easier, and sleep better.
Not only are there physical, and mental benefits from walking or hiking, but if you can find some good nature trails, you could also likely derive spiritual, and emotional benefits.
There is something about communing in nature that is good for the soul. Listening to the birds singing, watching the squirrels running, and dancing, and seeing the occasional deer prancing through the woods can lift your spirits.
Breathing the fresh air amongst the trees makes one glad to be alive, and provides a feeling of being connected to God’s creations.
I have a nature preserve that is close to my home. I often go there to walk the trails. It is in the woods, and it feels like I am hundreds of miles from civilization, yet in reality, I am only a few miles away.
I always feel better after I walk there. It is my favorite place. If I am feeling stressed, it melts away every time. I feel badly for those that aren’t fortunate enough to enjoy something similar.
Walking or hiking also gives you a good foundation to begin more strenuous types of workouts. Whatever workout you are thinking of undertaking, always start slow and easy.
Never push yourself when you are starting out. Do only what you are comfortable with and feel good about. Slowly, and gradually increase your durations, pounds, mileage, etc. as you go. This will prevent injury, and keep you motivated to keep exercising.
Now you know the best exercises to reduce belly fat. So what are you waiting for?