Exercises for Men to Lose Belly Fat

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When it comes to belly fat, men have it worse than women. According to the Mayo Clinic staff, belly fat is a big risk to your health and the best way to beat belly fat is through improving your diet and regular physical activity. Combining that with some simple, at-home ab exercises will help strengthen your abs and speed up the slimming process.

Work Your Upper Abs

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We are all familiar with the basic sit-up that we did in middle school P.E. class, but for those who need a refresher, here goes. Lie on the floor with your knees at a 90-degree angle and your feet on the floor. Cross your arms over your chest or put your hands on your head. Breathe in while lifting your shoulders off the ground like you're trying to touch your chest to your knees, making sure your ab muscles are doing all the work (a sore neck is an indicator that you are doing it wrong). Do not sit up all the way, as this is bad for your back. Breathe out and slowly lower yourself back to the ground. Repeat this process 10 to 30 times, depending on your fitness level, then rest for a few minutes before repeating. Three or four reps is best.

Work Your Lower Abs

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Lie on the floor in a similar position as the basic crunch, with your hands either behind your head or lying on the floor alongside your hips and your feet about six inches off the ground. Slowly breathe in and lift your knees toward your chest, lifting your bottom off the floor. While breathing out, slowly return your legs to the starting position. Be sure your lower abs are doing the work here. It should start to burn a little after the first few crunches. Repeat this process 10 to 30 times, depending on your fitness level, then rest for a few minutes before repeating. Three or four reps is best.

Work Your Obliques

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Lie on the floor in a similar position as the basic crunch, putting your right foot across your left knee and your left hand behind your head while your right arm rests out to the side. Breathe in and bring your left shoulder to your right knee in a twisting motion then breathe out as you lower back to the ground. Repeat this process 10 to 30 times, depending on your fitness level, then rest for a few minutes before repeating. Three or four sets is best. Be sure to switch and do the other side as well (right shoulder to left knee) since this exercise only works one side of the obliques.

Working All Three

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Lie on your back with your hands behind your head, your shoulders off the ground and your knees bent in toward your chest. Bring your left knee and right elbow together while extending your right leg to a 45-degree angle then switch, bringing in your right knee and left elbow and straightening your left leg to a 45 degree angle. Continue in this smooth motion, similar to riding a bicycle for 10 to 30 reps, depending on your fitness level. Rest for a few minutes and repeat the exercise three or four times.

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