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Give these exercises 20 minutes daily to get rid of belly fat and build abs

Updated on:5 May 2020, 15:35pm IST
Getting abs is not as difficult as you thought. All you need is a little dedication, stamina, and these exercises.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Are you up for this 20-minute abs marathon? Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Stop rubbing your eyes after reading the headline because it’s true! Toiling away for hours and hours just exercising your abs is actually not the right way to do it. What you need is great stamina, speed, and a vow that you won’t eat all those quarantine calories that you have been indulging yourself in.

If you promise yourself this then there are chances that this 20-minute routine might do wonders for you and your abs. 

But before we begin, we have a question for you: For all your other body parts you do 15 or 20 reps but why is it that you do 500 to god knows how many reps for the abs? Even a simple Google search will tell you that it’s the wrong way to do it!

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It’s time to work your abs out. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So, it’s time to start your stopwatch and get going.

  • 2 minutes of hopping
  • 2 minutes of jumping jacks
  • 2 minutes of high-knees
  • 2 minutes of crunches
  • 2 minutes of leg raise
  • 2 minutes of leg press
  • 2 minutes of V-ups
  • 2 minutes of toe-touch
  • 2 minutes of mountain climber
  • 1 minute of commando plank
  • 1 minute of plank

And now, it is time to catch your breath and sip on some water once your heart rate is back to normal. 

You must be thinking that why is it that we have picked only these 11 exercises? Well, the reason is pretty simple. This session is a mix of everything. If you’ll observe this HIIT session carefully then you’ll see that it is divided in three parts:

Part 1 is about warming up
The first three exercises are all about warming up your body. While hopping will charge up your lower body, the jumping jacks will get your entire body in motion. Also, we all know that the lower abdomen is the hardest of all to tame and that’s why high-knees are incorporated to warm that part up.

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According to a study published in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, if you warm up before starting the workout for a particular body part then it improves your performance and enhances the impact of the exercise.    

Part 2 caters to your abs
From the fourth to the ninth exercise we have only concentrated on your abs. If you notice carefully, we have taken care of all three fractions of your abs i.e. upper, middle, and lower. Crunches are for upper abs. Leg raises and presses are for lower abs. V-ups and toe touch for the middle abs and mountain climbers for the entire area. Now, that’s power-packed, isn’t it?

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Part 3 is all about core tightening
If you want a well-shaped frame then you can’t skip planks. Planks engage your core to the fullest and create maximum tension in all the segments of your core. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science suggests that doing planks will also help in strengthening your abdominal muscles that will also help in improving your posture and balance.  

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Always end your core session with a plank. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So, do try this 20-minute core challenge every alternate day to get those packs that you always dreamt of.

1 Comment

  1. I had been doing iron mbfir a long time but after lockdown,I have switched to yoga. I do yoga from different YouTube sources like of Shilpa shettys, Iyengers etc. I also do Hindu push-ups for strength. These videos are extremely helpful for people who want to work out at home.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.