Exercises for Belly Fat & Cellulite

by Brenda Barron Google

About Brenda Barron

Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.

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Cellulite can appear anywhere on the body and is especially prone to show up on the hips, thighs and buttocks. Developing cellulite on your belly can be especially troubling and hard to get rid of. Exercises can help get rid of your belly fat and diminish the appearance of cellulite, although you'll need to complement them with a nutritious diet and consistent aerobic activity. There is no such thing as an exercise that will spot-reduce a problem area and no exercise that gets rid of cellulite -- though exercise can improve the appearance of cellulite.

Cardiovascular Workouts

The only way to lose fat from anywhere on your body is to burn calories. You can accomplish this through cardiovascular workouts. Any activity that gets your heart rate up qualifies, such as brisk walking, jogging, running, swimming or aerobics classes. Losing the fat beneath your skin can reduce the appearance of cellulite and give you a flatter belly over time. Dedicate 30 minutes to each exercise session five days a week, and you may see a noticeable difference in the fat on your belly. Engage in activities that you enjoy doing to keep yourself motivated toward your fitness goals.

Bicycles

The bicycle exercise tones the abdominal muscles and flattens the belly. It is recommended as the most effective abdominal exercise, according to the American Council on Exercise.It requires you to engage your entire core, while the side-to-side movement targets the oblique muscles found on each side of your torso. It also helps tighten loose skin, eliminating the lumps associated with extra cellulite. Lie on your back, knees bent and feet flat. With your hands behind your head, twist to the left as you bring your left knee up. It should look like you're trying to touch your right elbow to your left knee. At the same time, extend your right leg straight out. Reverse the motion and repeat at least 15 times on both sides.

Abdominal Hollowing

Abdominal hollowing tones the core muscles. According to MayoClinic.com, this exercise strengthens your deeper abdominal muscles, bringing in your waist and slimming your midsection. Get on all fours and inhale deeply with your belly relaxed. Then exhale and suck in your stomach by pulling in your navel toward your back. Tighten all of your abdominal muscles as you old for several seconds and repeat at least 10 times. Coordinate your breath with the movement so you are exhaling as you pull your belly in and inhaling as you relax back to starting position. Yoga's Cat-Cow pose offers similar benefits while stretching your spine.

Build Muscle

Building muscle helps burn belly fat and cellulite, according to the American Council on Exercise. It also improves your metabolism, allowing you to burn fat faster and reach your goal of a flatter belly quicker. Resistance training and weight lifting are two effective muscle-building strategies. Use dumbbells, a resistance band or your own body weight. Begin with a weight you are comfortable with and gradually add resistance as you gain strength. Exercises you can perform include pushups, situps, squats, lunges, deadlifts, leg curls and biceps curls.

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