To get your heart going, it’s best to start out with an exercise that raises you metabolism and that’s old-fashioned “jumping jacks.” Therefore, start out standing with your arms at your sides. As you raise your arms, “jump” by moving your legs wider than the width of your shoulders. Bring your arms down and bring your feet together again. Start with 25 repetitions and work up to four sets of 25 repetitions each. As you bring your arms up don’t clap your hands. Just bring them up as far as is comfortable. Jumping jacks are good for stretching the muscles in your shoulders, back, thighs and calves. You might ask how they’re good for reducing belly fat then. It’s because you have to get your metabolism going to reduce fat, so this type of exercise essentially does just that. You’re primarily concentrating on your whole body in effect.
Next, you’ll want to practice crunches. To do so, lie on your back with your knees bent and hands at your sides. Raise your torso tensing the muscles in your stomach while keeping your head in alignment with your spine. Gradually return to the starting point. Do not release the tension in your stomach. Repeat this exercise as many times as you’re able up to 20 times.
You can do a variation of the above exercise by doing twisting crunches. In effect you do the same thing except you turn in a diagonal direction or bring your shoulder towards the opposite knee when you come up still keeping your head and spine in alignment. Repeat as many times as you’re able up to 20 times.
Touch your Toes
To keep the momentum going, next try an exercise that works your stomach as well as your waist. Stand as you did initially with your hands at your sides. Spread your feet about a foot apart. Now put your hands on your waist. With your right hand, bend down and touch your left toe raising your left arm behind you. Repeat for the other side, this time using your left hand to touch your...