15 Exercises You Can Do to Lose Belly Fat, If You’ve Got Only 10 Free Minutes a Day

A saggy and flabby belly is an annoying thing to remove, especially if you are very busy at work. The whole gym routine takes at least an hour and sometimes you just can’t find time for it. Luckily, even 10 minutes a day can help you to achieve your dream body. There are easy, quick, and effective exercises that you can do in the morning or in the evening, and they will only take 10 minutes!

Bright Side understands how busy modern life can be, that’s why we have assembled a list of short exercises for your stomach. You can choose the ones you like, combine them together, and practice them during your free time!

1. Warm up: jump rope

The best way to start your workout and warm your body up is by jumping rope. This quick cardio is all you need for a nice energy boost. Repeat for 30 seconds.

2. Plank with knee to elbow

Targets: This plank is good for your abs, glutes, hip flexors, obliques, and shoulders.

What to do:

  • Come into a forearm plank position: place your forearms on the yoga mat and align the elbows below the shoulders.
  • Keep your core and back engaged, bring your left knee to your right elbow.
  • Hold for a couple of seconds and bring your leg back.
  • Repeat the same with your right leg.
  • Alternate legs for 30-40 seconds.

Tip: This exercise can be performed on a yoga mat or on a body ball (advanced level).

3. Side plank oblique crunch

Targets: This exercise helps to burn fat in your oblique area.

What to do:

  • Lie on your yoga mat on your right side. Stack your feet on top of each other.
  • Support yourself on your elbow and lift your hips up. Keep your body straight from head to heels.
  • Place your left palm behind your head and slowly left your left knee toward your left elbow.
  • Hold for a couple of seconds and return.
  • Repeat for 40 seconds on each side.

4. Crab toe touch

Targets: Crab toe touch targets your abdominal muscles.

What to do:

  • Start on your yoga mat, bend your knees, and put your feet hip-distance apart. Place your hands behind you.
  • Lift your body from the ground, your neck should be relaxed, but your core should be engaged.
  • Lift one leg up and try to reach your feet with the opposite arm.
  • Hold this position for a couple of seconds and bring your leg and hand back. Then repeat with the other one.
  • Repeat for 60 seconds alternating legs.

Tip: Don’t put your hips too high at the beginning, because the higher you lift them the harder it will be to perform the exercise.

5. Stability ball mountain climber

Targets: This exercise targets your abdominal muscles.

What to do:

  • You will need a stability ball for this exercise. First, put your hands on a ball 18-24 inches apart from each other.
  • Bring your legs back and support your body like shown in the photo above. Make sure your body stays in a straight line.
  • Keep your core engaged and lift your left knee to your chest. Hold it for a second and place it back down.
  • Alternate your legs and hold yourself tight on the stability ball.
  • Repeat the exercise for 30 seconds.

Tip: If you don’t have a stability ball, you can do this exercise on your yoga mat, starting in a plank position.

6. Warrior balance

Targets: Warrior balance targets the abdomen, chest, shoulders, hamstrings, ankles, and legs.

What to do:

  • Stand on your left foot then lift your right knee to hip height in front of your body. Keep your elbows bent by your shoulders.
  • Bend forward and extend your arms forward while stretching your right leg behind you.
  • Keep your left leg a little bent so your torso is parallel to the floor.
  • Hold this position for 10 seconds and slowly return. Repeat on the other side.
  • Repeat sides for 60 seconds.

 

7. Russian twist

Targets: It targets all the muscles in your core, obliques, and spine.

What to do:

  • Sit on the floor and put your legs straight in front of you.
  • Lean back a little bit and start bringing your legs up. They should be slightly bent at the knees. Stop when your knees align with your chest.
  • Keep your balance and your core engaged and start twisting your torso from side to side. Don’t move your legs.
  • Repeat for 2 minutes.
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