This exercise is similar to sit ups, but easier for most people. Get into position as if you were about to do sit ups. Keep your hands behind your head or crossed in front of your chest. Experiment to see which position is more comfortable and keeps you well balanced. Remember to never pull your head with your hands. Use your abdominal muscles by pretending you can inhale so that your navel touches your spine. This will help curve your back so that your head lifts towards your knees.
As you become more proficient in doing crunches, make it more difficult by bending one knee towards your head and then alternating legs. Keep a steady, slow rhythm and avoid temptation to speed up. Doing crunches too fast can pull your muscles.
Vertical Leg Crunches
These exercises to lose belly fat are also performed flat on your back. Place your hands behind your head to steady your head. Stick your legs straight up into the air and cross them at the knees. Inhale to use the abdominal muscles to lift the shoulders off of the mat and towards the legs. Hold for a second. Exhale and lower the shoulders and head back down with the legs still up in the air.
These are great exercises to lose belly fat that can be performed sitting in a chair. Although called broom twists, you can also use any similar object such as a baseball bat or a barbell without weights. Sit in the chair with legs slightly spread so you are well balanced. Place the broom behind your head and spread your arms out as if you are being crucified. Gently twist to the right. When you cannot move to the right anymore, hold for one second and then gently go back to the starting position. Then, twist to the left and hold for one second. Repeat until you can do this side to side twist 25 times.
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