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Belly Fat Workout for Artists (+ Easy Workout Video) ✨

Hey there, artists! Feeling frustrated with that stubborn belly fat? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

 

It turns out that creating a strong core isn’t just for athletes.

Whether you’re holding a paintbrush or a camera, having a toned midsection enhances your posture and stability, allowing you to unleash your creativity with confidence.

In this post, I’ll share an effective belly fat workout specially designed for artists like you.

Say goodbye to that extra bulge top and hello to a sculpted flatter, belly!

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Belly Fat Workout for Artists: How this Workout Works

Did you know that the way a workout is organized is just as important as the individual exercises themselves?

For example, you might know that jumping jacks are good for burning fat.

But do you know the best exercises to combine with jumping jacks to actually get results?

This is where my input as a Personal Trainer comes in very handy.

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I’ve helped you pick the right exercises AND combined them in the right order to get you results.

In this workout, you’re getting exercises that will raise your heart rate, strategically target your biggest muscle groups, and make you sweat.

Together, these stimuli signal to your body to burn fat quickly during your workout and to continue to burn fat after your workout.

Your part in this process is to keep showing up and stay consistent.

You can do that by using the free exercises here on my blog – or you can start a free trial for a more efficient experience (video format, real-time guidance, perfectly organized).

Exercises in this Workout for Belly Fat

Belly Fat Workout for Artists Exercise 1: side reaches

side reaches exercise demo

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Quick tips to do side reaches correctly.

  • Keep your back straight when doing side reaches
  • Maintain a tall posture
  • Keep your core engaged during these side reaches Keep your feet close to each other
  • Extend each arm as far as possible
  • Maintain a strong, firm core as you move

Belly Fat Workout for Artists Exercise 2: split taps

split taps exercise demo

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Quick tips to do split taps correctly.

  • Engage your core muscles to help stabilize your torso and maintain good posture
  • Stand up tall with your shoulders relaxed Keep your knees slightly bent to help absorb any impact from the tapping
  • Make sure these are light, elegant taps (or as best you can manage :))
  • Avoid stomping or dragging your foot on the ground to avoid unneeded stress on your joints and to maintain the rhythm of the taps
  • Alternate between the two feet and maintain a consistent rhythm
  • Avoid leaning forward or back, and instead focus on keeping your core engaged and your shoulders relaxed

Belly Fat Workout for Artists Exercise 3: x taps

x taps exercise demo

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Quick tips to do x taps correctly.

  • Aim to make quick, light movements nothing too heavy or stressful for your feet
  • Try to look straight ahead instead of looking down
  • Mentally make an “X” with your legs and just keep going. Don’t stress about being perfect. Just keep moving. I’m proud and happy you’re here!
  • Keep your core engaged. You might find this exercise surprisingly challenging but keep breathing
  • Hop on the balls of your feet (the front part near your toes) not the heels
  • Start slow; and then build up your pace gradually as you feel comfortable

Belly Fat Workout for Artists Exercise 4: lateral suspensions

lateral suspensions exercise demo

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Quick tips to do lateral suspensions correctly.

  • You’re going to hop to the side then hold. Then hop to the other side then hold. That’s it
  • Interlock your fingers (or just hold your hands together) to help maintain your balance
  • Deceptively easy as this exercise looks it’s actually quite challenging so have grace for yourself if you don’t get it right away
  • Keep the standing leg firmly planted on the ground. Keep a soft bend in the knee as well Be sure to look to the side you are hopping (look where you are going vibes)
  • Always try to keep your core engaged as you do lateral suspensions

Belly Fat Workout for Artists Exercise 5: high roller step – right

high roller step - right exercise demo

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Quick tips to do high roller step – right correctly.

  • Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart and your weight evenly distributed on both feet. Keep your shoulders relaxed and your core engaged Practice the basic step first to develop your coordination. The basic step involves stepping forward with your right foot, pivoting on your left foot, and stepping back with your right foot.
  • Keep your feet close to the ground and make small, controlled movements. Use the ball of your foot to pivot and shift your weight smoothly from one foot to the other.
  • Keep your upper body still and centered. Avoid swaying or leaning to the side, Start practicing the high roller step right at a slow pace. As you become more comfortable with the move, gradually increase your speed

3 Belly Fat Tips for Artists

Eat More Lean Proteins

Proteins are essential for building and maintaining muscle, which can help us tone our core.

Examples of lean proteins include skinless chicken, fish, eggs, and plain Greek yogurt.

These foods are also high in other nutrients, such as calcium and B vitamins.

Audit Your Pantry

You don’t have to remove EVERYTHING “unhealthy” from your pantry.

Just do a quick audit to remove the worst offenders – you know the ones.

The cookies that are impossible to stop eating once we start.

The sweets that are hidden inside the flower vase from 7 years ago.

Lol

Removing unhealthy foods from your pantry is a great way to reduce temptation.

Chips and refined crackers can be replaced with healthier snacks like fruits and nuts.

Not only are these healthier, but they also contain vital nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that can help reduce belly fat.

So, if you’re looking to reduce your belly fat, do an audit of the pantry to set yourself up for success!

Avoid crash dieting (please)

Crash diets are not really a healthy way to reduce belly fat.

Eating fewer than 1,200 calories a day will slow down your metabolism, preventing it from burning calories and using nutrients effectively.

This can lead to further health problems and even an increase in belly fat.

It is much healthier to make long-term changes in diet and lifestyle, such as reducing intake of processed foods, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water.

This will not only help to reduce your belly fat but also provide the body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and energized.

Belly Fat Workout for Artists Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are some common mistakes people make when trying to lose belly fat through cardio exercises?

When it comes to losing belly fat through cardio exercises, there are a few common mistakes that are easy to avoid. People that make these mistakes end up slowing down their progress so they’re really good to be aware of. Here are a few examples of mistakes to avoid:

1. Relying solely on cardio:

While cardio exercises can be effective for burning calories and melting away fat, they should not be the only type of exercise in your routine. Resistance exercises which target your core muscles are also important. You also want to be doing multi-purpose exercises like planks.

2. Overdoing it:

Some people make the mistake of thinking that the more cardio they do, the more fat they will lose. The thing is, too much cardio can actually backfire and cause burnout, rapid adaptation, and injuries. It’s important to find a balance between cardio and resistance exercises that allows you to make steady progress without wasted effort.

3. Relying on steady-state cardio:

Steady-state cardio like cycling at a consistent pace, can be effective for burning calories, but it is best to also have other forms of cardio in your routine. For example, i regularly include tabata cardio workouts in my program for this reason. It combines short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest – similar to HIIT but less awful, more fun, and highly effective.

4. Nutrition Debt:

Nutrition debt is the mindset of “i’ll eat this now and burn it off later”. I don’t know if you’ve tried this before but it’s very hard to burn off anything we eat. It’s honestly easier and best to eat nutritious foods from the start. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet that is rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats can support your weight loss efforts and help you to shed belly fat more quickly.

5. Focusing only on abs:

Core exercises like planks and crunches are PHENOMENAL for sculting and toning the abs. But they cannot – by themselves – remove belly fat. These exercises must be combined with cardio and resisance training to really see some fantastic results.

To sum up, cardio exercises can be an effective way to lose belly fat, but try to avoid these mistakes if you can.

It’s okay to be imperfect at this. Afterall, to err is human. Do your best to incorporate resistance training, variety, and healthy eating – and you’ll be on your way!

How long does it take to see results from cardio exercises if I want to lose belly fat?

The time it takes to see results from cardio exercises in regards to belly fat loss varies from person to person as it depends on several factors such as age, gender, body composition, diet, and the intensity and duration of the workout. However, consistent cardio exercises coupled with a healthy diet can help reduce belly fat within a few weeks to a few months.

I like to give the general guideline of – give yourself 4 weeks to start to see physical changes. If you are doing my workouts, you will feel a difference immediately on day 1. This is the feedback I have received from thousands of women. But to start to SEE the changes, and have other people notice, you need at least 4 weeks minimum.

Cardio exercises such as jumping jacks, high knees, squat jacks, running, cycling, swimming, and brisk walking are effective in burning calories and reducing body fat, including belly fat. To achieve significant results, try to exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

If that feels out of reach, start wherever you’re at and build up to the recommendation above. It is perfectly normal to start with just a 10 minute workout 3 days a week.

Quick Note – on Intensity of Belly Fat Workouts

There is a misconception that the intensity of the workout is the most important thing. Yes, intensity plays a role. But your consistency is far more important. The person that does a low impact workout everyday is going to see more progress in 1 year than the person that did the hardest workout ever for only 2 months and then fell off.

So forget about high-intensity interval training (HIIT) if it is not for you. Listen to your body and give it what it needs and can handle.

Diet is also an essential factor in losing belly fat. It is important to create a calorie deficit by consuming fewer calories than you burn through exercise and daily activities. Consuming a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains can also help support belly fat loss.

FYI there are many other awesome benefits of cardio exercises. Cardio exercises provide other health benefits such as improving heart health, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and boosting mental health. They’re an awesome bunch! 🙂

In summary, the time it takes to see results from cardio exercises in regards to belly fat loss depends on several factors. However, consistent cardio exercise coupled with a healthy diet can produce amazing results. And as a rule of thumb, give yourself a least 4 weeks to start to see results.

Can doing cardio exercises alone be enough to get rid of stubborn belly fat?

Stubborn belly fat is often associated with visceral fat, which is the fat that surrounds the organs in the abdominal area.

It is considered to be one of the most dangerous types of fat as it can increase the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and more.

While cardio exercises can help burn calories and reduce overall body fat, they are not specifically targeted towards visceral fat.

So, relying solely on cardio exercises may not be 100% effective in reducing stubborn belly fat.

To achieve significant results, a combination of cardio and strength training exercises, along with a healthy diet, is recommended.

Strength training exercises, such as squats and lunges can help build muscle mass and increase metabolism, leading to a higher rate of calorie burn even at rest. Many studies have shown that a combination of exercise and diet is more effective in reducing visceral fat than exercise alone.

Also, a healthy diet that is rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and low in processed and sugary foods, can also aid in reducing belly fat. Consuming fewer calories than the body needs can create a calorie deficit, leading to weight loss and a reduction in belly fat.

To summarize, while cardio exercises are great for burning calories, losing weight, overall fitness and health, they may not be enough to get rid of stubborn belly fat.

A combination of cardio, strength training, and a healthy diet is recommended to achieve significant results in reducing belly fat.

Are there any other lifestyle changes I should make in order to optimize my results?

Yes, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to get better results when losing belly fat.

You already know about diet and exercise – so I won’t bore you. But did you know about these other changes?

1. Chill out. Listen, this one is HILARIOUS for me to say. I am literally the most non-chill person I know. But alas – stressing out about every little thing makes your body pump out cortisol.

Cortisol tells your body that you are clearly in danger and fat needs to be stored around your belly to keep you safe.

So, if you’re a little stress ball, you better start doing some woosah when people cut you off in traffic.

I personally find breathwork to be helpful. Scented candles and a warm shower also do the trick. Forget all these people talking about cold plunges. I need my mirrors MISTY when i shower 😂

2. Sleep. Yes, it’s true. Not sleeping = pump cortisol = belly pooch. Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night so even if something happens to disrupt your plan, you will at least get 7 hours (if not the full 8).

3. Drink waterrrr: it will help flush out toxins, reduce fluid retention, and make your belly appear flatter. Yes, it will also have you running to the bathroom every 5 minutes and run up your toilet paper bill. But it is a small price to pay.

Pee up, ladies!

The standard recommendation is to aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. However, i’ve noticed some of us are more thirsty than others (no pun intended).

Pay attention to your personal thirst level and hydrate accordingly.

Can you combine cardio with other types of exercises to target belly fat more effectively?

Yes, it’s a wonderful idea to combine cardio with other types of exercises.

Specifically, you also want to be doing certain resistance and isometric exercises as well.

For example

1. Planks –

This is an isometric exercise that targets the core muscles, including the abs, obliques, and back muscles. Planks help you develop strength in your core. And massively increase the results you get out of your other exercises.

2. Crunches –

For those that don’t naturally have the “abs gene”, we actually have to do situps and crunches to develop those muscies.

When you hear someone say they got abs by cleaning up their diet alone, just know you are listening to someone that genetically doesn’t store a lot of fat on their belly like the rest of us.

3. Squats –

Surprised to see this on here? Dont be. Squats target the glutes, hamstrings, and quads, which are some of the biggest muscles in our bodies.

When these big muscles are strong and developed, they increase our metabolism. Which means we burn more calories just by existing.

Don’t sleep on squats even if your main goal is to get rid of excess belly fat.

4. Deadlifts –

Same logic as squats. This exercise targets the back muscles, glutes, and hamstrings. These are also massive muscles in the body.

Combine these kinds of exercises with cardio + correct eating and you’ll be on your way to your dream belly.

Workout Options (Belly Fat Workout for Artists)

There are two workout options for belly fat in this post.

Regardless of the option you choose, please be sure to do a thorough warm up and cool down.

Here’s a good multi-purpose warm up that most people can easily do.

  • 20 sec jumping jacks
  • 20 sec squats
  • 20 sec lunges

Do twice.

For your cool down, I recommend doing your favorite gentle streches for at least 5 minutes.

Belly Fat Workout Video (Option 1):

Do you want to try a follow along belly fat workout?

Simply press play on the video below.

It’s only 10 minutes long. You’ll be done before you know it!

Workout Video: Home Workout – Belly Fat & Thigh Fat Tabata

Belly Fat Workout (Option 2):

Do you want to try a self-paced belly fat workout?

I have you covered.

Follow the workout outline below.

Belly Fat Workout for Artists: Workout Outline

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  • Belly Fat Workout for Artists-side reaches exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Artists-split taps exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Artists-x taps exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Artists-lateral suspensions exercise
  • Belly Fat Workout for Artists-high roller step - right exercise
 
Disclaimer: This or any other exercise program may result in injury. Always consult your doctor / physician before beginning this or any other workout or exercise program. By performing any of the exercises in this program or on this site, you agree to the full disclaimer and assume ALL risks of injury from doing so. Koboko Fitness is NOT responsible or liable for any injury or loss you may sustain by participating in this workout or any exercise program. Read the full disclaimer here before you begin.

Workout Instructions (1/2)

Do each exercise for 30 seconds. Take a 10 second break between each exercise.

  1. side reaches
  2. split taps
  3. x taps
  4. lateral suspensions
  5. high roller step – right

Workout Instructions (2/2)

Once you complete all the exercises above as explained, take a 1 minute break, then repeat the exercises as follows

  1. high roller step – right
  2. lateral suspensions
  3. x taps
  4. split taps
  5. side reaches

Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your belly fat workout for artists workout is complete!

Want another belly fat workout? Try this one

A few things to note:

  • Whenever there are 2 exercises shown side by side, one is a lower impact modification. Always go with the lower impact version if you are a beginner or have not exercised in a long time.
  • If I show an exercise that you do one leg (or arm) at a time, do the leg (or arm) shown for 15 seconds. Then do your other leg (or arm) for the remaining 15 seconds.

It’s easier for me to show you how to do it with just one arm or leg in this post. But if you’re doing my full-length follow along Premium workout videos, I always show both sides of every exercise.

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