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Get your heart pumping regularly to burn away lower belly fat.
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With a well-balanced exercise routine you can have great abs without ever performing one sit-up. In order to shave lower stomach fat, you'll first need to burn excess calories with regular cardiovascular exercise -- such as swimming, running, the elliptical machine or sports -- and a healthy, low-calorie diet. To tone and sculpt your lower belly without sit-ups, incorporate conditioning exercises that target the lower abdominal muscles.
According to "Men's Health" magazine, hanging straight leg lifts are one of the best exercises for targeting the lower abs. To perform leg lifts, stand on the foot rest of a captain's chair. Rest your elbows on the arm rests and lean your back against the back rest. Engage your abdominal muscles by drawing your belly button in toward your spine. With control and precision, lift your straight legs as high as you can. Hold your legs in the air for five to 10 seconds, or until your muscles fatigue. Lower your legs and step back on to the foot rest.
Reverse crunches are a topsy-turvy inversion of the traditional abdominal crunch. To perform a reverse crunch, lie on your back with your arms spread out to a "T", palms facing the floor. Bend your knees and align them over your thighs. Lift your lower legs parallel to the floor and create a 90-degree angle between your ankles, knees and thighs. Brace your core muscles and pull your knees toward your chest, lifting your hips off the floor. Keep your knees bent and locked in the same position throughout the entire exercise. Gently lower your knees above your hips and return your hips and lower back to the floor.
Dolphin plank pose is a more challenging modification of the traditional plank pose that will give your lower belly muscles an extra burn. To perform dolphin plank pose, position yourself on all fours. Lower down onto your forearms and clasp your palms into a fist. Step back with both feet until you're balancing on your forearms and toes in a low pushup position. Brace your abdominal muscles by drawing your belly in toward your spine. Lift your hips up higher toward the ceiling until the entire back of your body forms one long line. Hold dolphin plank pose for 30 seconds to one minute.
Static Leg Press
The static leg press is an alternative to sit-ups that uses isometric movement to engage the lower abdominal muscles. To perform static leg presses, lie on your back and draw both knees in until they are directly above your hips. Lift your lower legs parallel to the floor, creating a 90-degree angle between your ankles, knees and hips. Press your lower back into the floor and tilt your pelvis toward your chest. Place the palms of your hands on your thighs and press firmly. Create tension by pushing your thighs toward your hands, engaging your lower abdominal muscles. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and release.