Bingo! You now have the belly fat workout for the holidays.
The holiday period is wonderful and full of ALL THE SNACKS, festive treats and goodies.
And i’m totally up for it!.
That being said, if you have a few moments to yourself, why not squeeze in a workout?
Heck, why not get your whole crew to do some simple exercises with you?
I’ve found that a great belly fat workout that I can do at home beats lying to myself that i will go to the gym 🤣
You can try this workout at home, with no equipment, and be done in just 10 minutes.
Plus, it’s fun and easy to follow, so you won’t get bored or frustrated.
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Belly Fat Workout for the Holidays: How this Workout Works
It’s important to note that the way a workout is structured is just as crucial as the individual exercises themselves.
Without the proper knowledge of how to combine exercises, it can be tricky to create an effective workout.
As a Personal Trainer, I’ve done the work to select the right exercises and arrange them in a specific order for optimal results.
This workout is designed to elevate your heart rate, target your major muscle groups, and make you SWEAT.
These factors work together to prompt your body to easily burn fat during and after your workout.
Keep in mind that consistency is essential in achieving your fitness goals.
You’re welcome to use the free workouts here on my blog or try a free trial for a more efficient experience.
When you start a free trial, you get access to real-time guidance from me and perfectly organized videos.
Let’s get started :D!
Exercises in this Workout for Belly Fat
Belly Fat Workout for the Holidays Exercise 1: burpee with low impact modification
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Quick tips to do burpee with low impact modification correctly.
- Keeping your back straight and your head up when doing burpees
- Do the low impact modification if you need to!
- Start with a low number of repetitions, and gradually work your way up
- Focus on keeping your core engaged while doing burpees
- Use your legs, core, and booty to power this movement (not your upper body)
- Be intentional about using your arms to support your body as you approach the ground
Belly Fat Workout for the Holidays Exercise 2: double high knees (low impact)
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Quick tips to do double high knees (low impact) correctly.
- Focus on lifting your knees high enough to engage your core and get your heart rate up during double high knees
- Keep your movements as fluid as you can Land on the balls of your feet and keep your knees slightly bent to absorb impact
- Once you have the movement down, increase your pace
- Keep your upper body stable and engage your abs to prevent excessive bouncing or swaying
Belly Fat Workout for the Holidays Exercise 3: cross jacks
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Quick tips to do cross jacks correctly.
- start with a slow pace
- keep your head up
- keep your core engaged
- step if you’re not in the mood to jump
- get a full range of motion with your arms
- keep your back straight and avoid leaning forward or backward
- use your stomach muscles to help you keep your balance
Belly Fat Workout for the Holidays Exercise 4: reverse x taps
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Quick tips to do reverse x taps correctly.
- Always move from back-to-front and side-to-side using the balls of your feet
- The secret here is to stay light on your feet and create rhythm as best you can
- Look straight ahead as much as possible during this exercise. It’s okay to look down to make sure your form is good but the majority of the time, look ahead, soldier! You’ve got this!
- For the best form, keep your core nice and tight and engaged
- Avoid leaning to overcompensate on your weak side ; stay as balanced in the middle as you can Start with a slower pace and build up the pace once you have a rhythm
Belly Fat Workout for the Holidays Exercise 5: hinge splits
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Quick tips to do hinge splits correctly.
- When you bring your leg up, raise it as high as it will go
- Practice a few times before starting the timer if you are timing yourself for this exercise
- Look straight ahead as you do the hinge splits Gently tap your ankles together on the downward motion
- Stay on the balls of your feet (the front part near your toes) so that you can remain light on your feet
- Don’t try to move to fast. Start slow then raise the tempo when you feel ready
- Keep your arms in an active position throughout the exercise
3 Belly Fat Tips for the Holidays
Try snacking on apples
Eating an apple as a default go-to snack is one of the best ways to feel fuller for longer on the journey to reducing belly fat.
Apples are high in fiber and water, making them an incredibly filling snack.
The fiber helps to slow down digestion, preventing spikes in insulin levels, which in turn helps to reduce belly fat.
Additionally, apples contain phytonutrients and antioxidants, which can help protect against certain diseases and illnesses.
Plus, they taste great!
Eating an apple as a go-to snack is a great way to get in a few essential nutrients and stay fuller for longer.
Takeout isn’t bad – it’s very convenient in a pinch.
But if the goal is to reduce belly fat take out is not really something to rely on.
Those restaurants don’t always use ingredients that are supportive of your body and health goals.
Planning meals ahead of time is the best way to avoid ordering takeout too much.
It’s not always easy to plan meals for the week that are healthy and delicious – but it can be done.
Start by making a list of your favorite meals that you can make ahead.
Then, plan to make double portions of each meal so that you can freeze half and have ready-made meals for busy days.
When cooking, add extra vegetables to your dishes so that they are healthier and more filling.
Planning meals ahead of time will help you avoid unhealthy takeout meals and save you money.
Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious home cooked meals prepared with fresh ingredients.
It’s a win!
Don’t fall for this lie about exercise…
Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
However, you have to really make sure you’re doing the right program for you.
You don’t have to go to the gym to get your exercise.
It is easier, faster, and highly effective to workout at home.
Especially if you’re doing Koboko Fitness workouts.
Maybe go for a walk in the morning or during breaks during the day.
Make sure that you’re really listening to your body when you exercise.
There is no point in reaching an extreme level of intensity one day, then being wiped out for 3 months.
Some people think that if you’re not dying, you’re not working hard enough.
Those people are ex-professional athletes and gym rats.
They are not regular everyday people like you and me.
You want to push yourself but know your personal limit – and stick to it!
Belly Fat Workout for the Holidays Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How often should I do these cardio exercises to get the best results?
The “official” answer from the CDC and the ACSM is to do 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week.
The “unofficial” answer (aka what I tell all my friends) is to follow this schedule. This is ideal for those who have fallen off their routine for 3 months or more (it happens to the best of us).
1️⃣: Exercise for 10 minutes ONCE a week for 2 weeks
2️⃣: Then increase to 10 minute workouts THREE days a week for 3 weeks
3️⃣: Increase to 30 minute workouts three days a week for 3 weeks
4️⃣: Evaluate whether you want to stay on step 3 for a while – or move on step 5
5️⃣: Increaase to 30 minute workouts 5 days a week
This is the build up I also use for myself. Most of the time, I get overambitious. I try to jump straight to step 3.
My life throws cold water in my face. And then i go back to follow the plan like i should have done in the first place 😅
Note: the CDC and ACSM also advise doing 2 days of resistance training a week.
I don’t bother mentioning this because it should already be included in a well designed program (like mine :)).
What types of foods should I avoid when trying to lose belly fat?
Avoid everything that has taste and makes you happy and you’ll be good 😐
I’M JOKING! I’M JOKING!!! haha
Yes, some faves will have to go but it’s actually not that bad.
If you’re trying to lose belly fat, avoid these foods:
1. Deep fried, battered fries.
Fries are made out of potatoes – which is a carbohydrate energy source. Oil is fat – which is also an energy source. When you combine them, you’re making an energy + energy combo. Too much energy gets stored as fat. So – an easy way to avoid accumulating belly fat is to let go of deep fried battered potatoes.
Try a baked or boiled potato instead.
2. Orange juice
Oranges are great because the orange provides fiber.
However, when you strip the fiber to create orange juice, it becomes just another sugary beverage.
Skip the juice as much as possible and eat the actual fruit instead.
3. Apple juice (same reason as above). This logic applies to almost all juices. Ive just mentioned these two because they are the most common here in the States.
4. Bagged chips Things like doritos fall into this category.
To lose belly fat, you need highly nutritious foods and a caloric deficit.
I assure you that bagged chips are not highly nutritious.
And they are not designed to help you maintain a caloric deficit. Quite the opposite actually.
5. Alcohollllllll Yes, this is a big one.
Just say no. No to the beer. No to the wine. No to it all.
Alcohol is high in calories, stresses the cow out of your liver, and can slow down the body’s ability to burn fat.
Drink tea instead.
No, for real that’s what i do. I love green tea. Dandelion tea. Hibiscus tea. All of it.
I have a whole tea collection in my bedroom to keep me on the straight and narrow.
How much water should I drink each day to aid in belly fat loss?
The standard accepted guideline is to drink at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water per day for overall health.
It’s a good idea to optimize your health as much as possible – so test out drinking this amount of water.
If it works for you and your body feels great doing it, continue.
If not, adjust till you find the amount of water that feels best to your body.
Don’t be afraid to trust yourself on this.
The standard recommendation may or may not be right for you.
It is just a great starting point to experiment from.
For example, someone living in Arizona (where it is HOT in the summer) might need more water than someone living in Wisconsin or Michigan.
One thing to note though: drinking a ton of water (above and beyond what is reasonable) has not been shown to accelerate fat loss.
I’ve seen people try this and it is – quite frankly – dangerous.
The safe, effective way to reduce belly fat is to eat right, exercise, sleep, and say no to drama (aka reduce stress).
Overall, drinking enough water is important for overall health and can support weight loss efforts, but it is not a substitute for the methods mentioned above.
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.
What is the best way to get started with doing cardio exercises?
The smart (but unsexy) way to go is slow and steady.
Sart with shorter workouts fewer times a week than what you think you can handle.
This will dramatically increase your consistency, prevent injury and avoid burnout.
Additional tips on how to get started with cardio exercises:
1. Talk to your doctor: Before starting any new exercise routine, consult with your doctor to ensure you’re physically ready for it.
2. Choose cardio you like: my sister LOVES swimming and you will never catch her running. This works for her and I encourage her to stick with it! I on the other hand love the *idea* of running. Implementing running into my life though, is a different story LOL
3. Choose low-intensity over high intensity: People think the harder the workout, the better. Wrong. This mindset is the reason most of us can’t stick to our routine (not talking about you. I’m talking about myself or the neighbor or the cat. yes, the cat). 😂
My point is, go for low intensity in the beginning. Do step jacks instead of jumping jacks for example.
Go for a walk instead of running. And for heavens sake, leave the jump squats alone.
Leave that for the athletes that need to jump to make money. You and I are just trying to be healthy and cute and have thriving relationships.
Finally, listen and respond to what your body needs. It’s frustrating to need rest when you want to exercise. But the body has its own wisdom that is different from what we typically want. The best solution is to cooperate with your body and rest when you need.
Workout Options (Belly Fat Workout for the Holidays)
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
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: Intense Flat Stomach + Love Handles Workout
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 the Holidays: Workout Outline
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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.
- burpee with low impact modification
- double high knees (low impact)
- cross jacks
- reverse x taps
- hinge splits
Workout Instructions (2/2)
Once you complete all the exercises above as explained, take a 1 minute break, then repeat the exercises as follows
- hinge splits
- reverse x taps
- cross jacks
- double high knees (low impact)
- burpee with low impact modification
Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your belly fat workout for the holidays 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.