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The Best Exercises to Help Burn Belly Fat

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Side planks
> Main muscles targeted: Obliques, hips

Side planks are a good exercise to focus on the muscles on the side of the core – the oblique. Side planks also work out the shoulders and hips at the same time. The exercise requires balance and stability out of the core, helping keep it toned.

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Side-to-side medicine ball slams
> Main muscles targeted: Core, triceps, back, glutes

Side-to-side medicine ball slams are exactly what they sound like – an exercise in which one slams a medicine ball on either side of one’s body while standing still. The workout burns calories as a cardio workout, while also engaging the core.

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Squat jumps
> Main muscles targeted: Quads, hamstrings, glutes, core

Squat jumps can help burn fat as a cardio workout. They are a strenuous activity that elevates the heart rate while engaging the leg muscles. Squat jumps also require stabilization from the core, which adds core toning to its fat burning qualities.

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> Main muscles targeted: Core, glutes, quads, hamstrings

Swimming is well-established as a good way to get cardio exercise. Aquatic workouts can also help strengthen all types of muscle groups, including the core, as moving yourself through the water comes with resistance.

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Toe touches
> Main muscles targeted: Abs, obliques

Toe touches rely almost entirely on abdominal muscles, making it an ideal workout if you are looking to tone your core. Exercisers can also switch up their workout by adding in different speeds and variations to their toe touches.

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