If you would like to have a flat stomach you should do cardio exercises, there is no way around it.
Cardio exercises streghten your heart and lungs, boost your metabolism (for up to 24 hours!) after a good workout and of course cardio helps you burn fat, stomach fat included.
When you do cardio exercises your body burns calories and fat all over your body and that is exactly what you need to get rid of the belly fat layer that hides your stomach muscles.
Burning fat with cardio exercises, eating healthy, and doing a few abdominal exercises to tone your stomach muscles is the best way to get a beautiful flat stomach.
What is the best cardio exercise?
Well there is no "best" cardio exercise. You can do anything that gets your heart rate up.
If you like to go outdoors, consider fast-paced walks, running, cycling etc. For those who like the gym treadmills, elliptical trainers and stationary bikes could be the choice. If you prefer to stay at home you can jump rope or get a kick-boxing workout DVD. You can go dancing or swimming, I think you get the picture.
Do something you enjoy, something you would not mind doing at least three times a week.
What's most important is to choose an exercise that fits your fitness level.
Sure, running burns more calories per hour than walking, but if running wipes you out after a half mile or bothers your knees, you will benefit more from walking.
Switch from exercise to exercise if you need to keep yourself from getting bored and your body from getting used to one activity.
You can start by doing cardio exercises for at least 30 minutes a day 3 times a week. Slowly increase your workout time to 90 minute workouts 4-5 times a week.
The benefits of cardio exercises
- You burn calories and lose weight
- Cardio exercises make your heart stronger so that it doesn't have to work as hard to pump blood
- Doing cardio helps reduce risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes
- Cardio increases your lung capacity
- Cardio Exercises help you sleep better
- It makes you feel good
- It helps reduce stress
Sample cardio exercise that you can try right now
Try this exercise to really get your heart rate up.
1. Start by jogging 5 minutes to warm up.
2. Sprint for 2 minutes
3. Slow down to a comfortable jogging pace for 5 minutes
4. Sprint for 2 minutes
5. Go back to jogging for 5 minutes
Repeat as many times as you can and don't forget to cool down in the end.
This is an interval exercise and it is designed to burn more calories then regular cardio and it is a great way to mix things up. The basic principle is to do a high intensity exercise for a set period of time to really work your body and then doing a lower intensity exercise to let your body recover.