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Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women (+ Easy Printable) ✨

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Struggling to get rid of stubborn belly fat?

You’ve tried countless diets and exercise programs, but nothing seems to work. You’re starting to feel like you’ll never be able to get rid of the stubborn belly fat.

This workout is the answer you’ve been looking for!

With 10 minutes of exercises designed by a certified personal trainer, you can finally get rid of that stubborn belly fat and tone your core. Expert tips included help you avoid doing the exercises wrong, so you can finally achieve your goals!

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Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women: Who this Workout is For

This workout is specifically designed for women that are struggling with belly fat and have at least 30 pounds to lose.

Although anyone can technically do this workout, it is not designed for anyone that is already very thin.

Or people that are slim and just have a tiny bit of belly fat remaining.

But don’t worry, even if this workout is not for you, I have PLENTY of other workouts that are.

Just look up my ab workouts for example.

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Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women: 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.

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

Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women Exercise 1: side skaters

side skaters exercise demo

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Quick tips to do side skaters correctly.

  • This exercise reminds me of the way you run when you miss the bus to work and rent is due Bring your arms as far back and forward as you can without risking losing your balance
  • Most of the work here is done with your legs and arms; keep your core centered and engaged Step the foot that is moving as far out as possible
  • Keep the stationary foot firmly planted on the ground throughout the side skaters

Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women Exercise 2: switch kicks with low impact modification

switch kicks with low impact modification exercise demo

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Quick tips to do switch kicks with low impact modification correctly.

  • Focus on form rather than speed while performing switch kicks
  • Practice slowly at first to build muscle memory and improve technique
  • Focus on using your hips and booty to generate power rather than relying solely on your leg muscles
  • Tighten your abs and glutes to create a stable base for the kick
  • Raise your knee to waist level for each kick

Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women Exercise 3: Shimmy

Shimmy exercise demo

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Quick tips to do Shimmy correctly.

  • Keep a soft bend in your knees while doing a shimmy
  • Keep your arms up your elbows should almost be as high as your shoulders
  • Maintain a steady pace
  • Land on the balls of your feet (not your heels)
  • Move your hips all the way to each side (you’re turning your body slightly to each side)
  • Focus on the movement of your feet even paced and steady
  • Engage your core muscles to maintain stability throughout the movement
  • Keep your feet grounded and shoulder-width apart

Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women Exercise 4: Single tray taps

Single tray taps exercise demo

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Quick tips to do Single tray taps correctly.

  • try to keep your feet moving at all times throughout the single tray taps exercise
  • make sure your arms aren’t drooping too low towards your waist
  • raise your arms as high as possible elbows should be around chin level or higher
  • with your arms, imagine you’re trying to clap with your elbows and you’ll be on the right track
  • keep your core engaged to stabilize your body

Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women Exercise 5: 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

3 Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women Tips & Advice

Hear me out on green leaf lettuce…

Wrapping sandwich ingredients in lettuce or collard greens, instead of using bread or rolls, is a great way to support your body in reducing belly fat.

Lettuce and collard greens are naturally low in carbs – leaving more room in your meal for healthy fats and proteins.

Additionally, both lettuce and collard greens are rich in vitamins and minerals, providing the body with essential nutrients.

Lettuce and collard greens are also high in fiber, which helps keep you feeling full and aids in digestion.

So, by switching to a lettuce or collard green wrap, you can prevent consumption of excess calories, while still getting all the nutrients you need.

I have to admit, I used to turn my nose at suggestions to use vegetables instead of bread for my sandwiches or wraps.

Like, I couldn’t process the idea or accept it at all.

Then one day, I gave it a try and I was blown away.

The crunchy, delicate leaves stole my heart and I never looked back ever since.

I still eat the breads I love, of course, but if i am eating a wrap or sandwich, I actually PREFER lettuce (green leaf is my fave) to bread.

Collard greens are okay too and i’m happy to use that in place of bread too.

I can’t believe i’m saying this but it’s true.

Struggle with emotional eating? Try a mood journal

Mood journals can be an effective way to identify triggers that lead to emotional eating.

This type of journaling involves tracking our moods, thoughts, and behaviors over a period of time in order to recognize patterns in how we respond to certain situations.

Personally, I found that I am VERY happy anytime I am eating (aren’t we all?


When tracking your moods, it is important to record the date and time of the day, the intensity of the mood, and any thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that come with it.

Try the various free apps in the app stores specifically for mood journaling and emotion management.

Mood journals can be a helpful tool in understanding why we turn to emotional eating and how to better manage it.

By tracking our moods and behaviors over time, we can better identify what activities might trigger emotional eating and belly fat.

Love Nuts? Watch Your Portion Sizes

Even healthy foods can become problematic if we eat too much of them.

For example, nuts are a great source of healthy fats, but they are also high in calories and easy to overeat.

When it comes to portion sizes, it’s best to stick to what’s recommended on the nutrition label.

If you’re eating out, try to stick to the recommended portion size or split an entrée with a friend.

Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women 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!

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.

How will I know if my cardio routine is helping me lose belly fat?

So you’re doing jumping jacks, sweating salty water, and out of breath.

But is the work you’re doing actually paying off? How will you know? Fair questions.

This is how to know if your cardio routine is helping you lose belly fat:

1. Duration: I feel like i’m coming straight for your neck with this one but hear me out.

The FIRST way to know if what you’re doing is working is to ask yourself “how long have I been doing this for?” If the answer is anything less than 3 times a week for 4 weeks, you are worrying about the wrong thing my bestie lover gorgeous queen friend.

Focus on getting to that level first. You’ve got this. You can do it.

2. The dreaded scale: If you’re losing weight overall, then you’re losing belly fat too.

The speed at which fat comes off the belly is determined by genetics. Some people lose fat from their face before they notice a change in their belly fat. It’s just the way it is.

The scale is not a perfect measurement though. Sometimes, the scale says you’ve gained weight but it’s just water…or new muscle from working out.

So take anything the scale says with a grain of salt.

3. Waist measurement. You can take measurements of your waistline with a tape measure every 3 weeks to see the change.

If you’re losing belly fat, you should see a decrease in your waistline measurements.

This one is a toughie for me because i don’t trust myself to measure exactly the same part of my waist each time. Plus, how tight exactly should the tape measure be?

If this works for you, go for it. I personally don’t do this method because when i tried it, it definitely brought out the crazy in me 🤣🤣🤣

4. Clothes. This is by far my favorite way. Are your pants (trousers for you Brits) feeling looser? Can you breathe in that dress? Bingo! Your belly fat is shrinking for sure.

Are there any specific diet plans that complement cardio exercises for belly fat reduction?

Yes, there are specific diet plans that can complement cardio exercises for belly fat reduction. In fact, diet and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to losing belly fat. The right combination of both is essential for achieving optimal results.

To reduce belly fat, it is important to focus on a diet that has fewer calories than you burn in the day, enough protein, and rich in fiber.

Some people do very well on a low carb, high fat, high protein diet. If you choose this route, make sure you still incorporate lots of fresh organic vegetables into your diet to get all the micronutrients your body needs to function properly.

Another diet that is effective in complementing cardio exercises for belly fat reduction is the Mediterranean Diet: This diet is rich in healthy fats, protein, and fiber. It includes foods like fish, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. This diet plan is associated with reduced belly fat, as well as improved heart health.

Please note that I am using the word “diet” very loosely here. I personally (and professionally) do not believe in or support dieting. I support a health-first approach and most diets do a lot of harm to the female body.

If you think your metabolism is compromised, please talk to a doctor.

In summary, any diet that has fewer calories than you burn in a day, plus sufficient protein and fiber is useful for belly fat reduction.

Specific examples of such diets that can complement cardio exercises for belly fat reduction, are the Mediterranean Diet, and the low carb diet. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered Dietician to come up with a plan that is right for you.

Is there a specific time of day that’s best for cardio exercises for losing belly fat?

The best time of day to do cardio exercises for losing belly fat is as follows.

If you’re a morning person, do your workout as soon as possible after you wake up. Your goal is to get your workout done before 11am.

If you’re a night owl, do your workout right before dinner. So for example, if dinner is at 6:30pm, do your workout around 5:30pm

If you are neither a morning person nor a night owl, do your workout around 1:30pm

These are the best times for you to workout because they are based on your biology (chronotype).

If your schedule does not allow you to exercise during the time that is biologically best for you, try to identify things you can deprioritize.

For example, maybe you’re a morning person and book club is at 9am. You might want to consider deprioritizing book club so you can exercise.

Perhaps there is another book club that meets over lunch. That kind of thing.

If there truly is no hope to exercise at your ideal time, then pick a time that is close to your ideal time even if it is not perfect and stick to it.

You will have the most energy, highest motivation, adherence and consistency when you use this approach to exercise timing.

Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women: Workout Outline

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  • Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women-side skaters exercise
  • Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women-switch kicks with low impact modification exercise
  • Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women-Shimmy exercise
  • Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women-Single tray taps exercise
  • Exercises to Lose Belly Fat For Women-x taps 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 skaters
  2. switch kicks with low impact modification
  3. Shimmy
  4. Single tray taps
  5. x taps

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. x taps
  2. Single tray taps
  3. Shimmy
  4. switch kicks with low impact modification
  5. side skaters

Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your exercises to lose belly fat for women workout is complete!

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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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