6 Cardio Exercises to Get the Abs of your Dreams

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Cardio exercises are extremely effective when it comes to burning abdominal fat. Unlike popular belief, a cardio workout does not require a treadmill; all you need to do is move all your abdominal muscles, hips and lats. Check out these 6 cardio exercises that will help burn belly fat and sculpt the abs of your dreams.
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1. SWISS BALL PUSH-UPS
This is a perfect cardio exercise for beginners to burn some tummy fat. Taking push-ups by resting your lower body on the Swiss ball makes it less strenuous for your arms, shoulder and chest, as your arms stay elevated. This exercise can benefit your core in numerous ways. If you don’t have a Swiss ball, you can even choose to do the push-ups on a raised block or bench.
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2. SINGLE LEG SQUAT THRUSTS
If you are just a beginner, you may have to wait a few weeks to get a hold of this move. Start off with the top push up position. Put one foot forward, as if you are about to start a race. Jump both feet off the ground; when you step back, your stance should be reversed. Keep repeating this, alternating both sides. This can be quite tiring during the first few times, so take things slow.
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3. POWER KNEE STRIKES
This is an exercise that can be difficult and painful at times. It is a bit similar to Thai boxing as it involves throwing your knees. Power knee strikes can do wonders to your abs, hips and glutes. They can help condition and strengthen your core. Knee strikes are also great for your pelvic floor and can lengthen your hip flexors. You can either choose to throw your knees in the air or target them at a punching bag or pads — both are equally effective.
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4. BOXER’S COMBOS
There is no other exercise that can strengthen your core like the Boxer’s Combo. Experiment with various basic boxing moves — try throwing a few hard blows on a punching bag or pads — this can really work out your core. A jab-cross-hook can be effective in strengthening your core and making your legs strong. This exercise can melt your tummy fat like magic.
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5. BURPEES
If you are familiar with burpees, you are surely going stifle a groan. But the toughest exercises give the best results. Begin in the top push-up position. Slide your feet forward and assume a squatting position; remember to not put your feet inside your hands. Quickly stand up by jumping and raise your arms overhead. Return to the same position and repeat. This exercise will make sure that all your body muscles contract really fast. Do the burpees as fast as you can to get the best out of them.
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6. JUMPING JACKS
A personal favorite of all football coaches, jumping jacks are easy to do and extremely effective. Start off by standing with your feet together and arms on either side. Jump up, raising your arms overhead in a clapping motion and land with your legs wide apart. Jump again to return to your initial position. Repeat as fast as you can. Jumping jacks will help tighten your external abdominal muscles or obliques.
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So, the next time you need to work on your abs, remember that cardio is the key to strengthening all your abdominal muscles. Try out these exercises and see which ones suit you the best.

Don’t forget to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and take breaks in between.

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