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The Best Exercises to Help Burn Belly Fat

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Bicycle crunches
> Main muscles targeted: Abs, obliques, hips

Bicycle crunches are so-called because they mimic the motion of one’s feet while riding a bicycle, working your core through rotation. By moving the body in a different way than a standard crunch, different parts of the core are exercised. Experts recommend doing bicycle crunches slowly and deliberately to maintain the tension in your abdominal area.

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BOSU ball planks
> Main muscles targeted: Abs, obliques, glutes, hip flexors

BOSU balls, or both sides up balls, are half balls with a solid base. They can be used either with the flat base on the floor or atop the dome to create a wobble board. These can help with planks to develop muscle definition and core stability, as you force your muscles to stabilize the ball underneath you as you plank, making the exercise much more difficult than a standard plank.

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> Main muscles targeted: Core, chest, quads, triceps

Burpees are a workout in which the exerciser starts in a standing position, moves to a squat, then to push-up position, then back up to standing and into a jump The process is then repeated. This workout has the dual benefit of providing intense cardio to burn fat and helping to tone and strengthen core muscles.

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High knees
> Main muscles targeted: Core, hip flexors, calves, quads

High knees may bring back memories of warming up before soccer practice, but the modified jog can help burn fat as you limber up. The heightened strides of running with high knees require engaged core muscles, and the workout increases the heart rate and works as a cardio exercise as well.

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Jumping jacks
> Main muscles targeted: Glutes, quads, abs, hips

Exercise experts say that jumping jacks can help improve the results of other workouts when added onto other exercise regimens. Jumping jacks combine both cardio and strength training to help burn off excess fat while also toning core muscles.

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