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Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and they store fat in different areas. If the area below your waist is in need of trimming, plenty of exercises can help. Start with some strengthening exercises that target the muscles in your abs, hips and butt. Then add some cardiovascular exercise to help your body burn the fat.
The Step Hop is an easy move for beginners that works your abdominal muscles as well as your butt and legs. Start with your hands on your hips and feet slightly apart. Step forward with your left leg. Bring your right knee up to hip level as you jump on your left leg. Repeat on the other side. Do two sets of eight reps on each side.
Bodyweight squats work several muscle groups around and below your waist all at once including your abs, butt and legs. Stand with your feet about hip-width apart. As you inhale, slowly bend your knees. Lower your body as far as you can or until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Make sure your knees do not go past the tops of your toes. As you breathe out, push upward and return to standing. Do up to three sets of 10 to 25 reps each.
Along with helping your abs, butt and upper thighs, doing lunge twists will also work your oblique muscles on the sides of your torso. Start with your feet slightly apart and arms at your sides. Bend your arms at a 90-degree angle so your fingertips are pointing forward. Step forward with your left foot into a lunge. As you move forward, twist your upper body to the left. Move your upper body back to center as you return to a standing position. Do two sets of eight reps on each leg.
Cardiovascular exercise is also important for getting rid of fat below the waist and throughout the rest of your body. Fat is energy your body has stored, and cardiovascular activity helps you tap into that energy by making it work overtime. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity such as walking each week. If you prefer more intense activity such as running or swimming, aim for 75 minutes each week. Keep in mind that one pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories. So you'll need to burn 3,500 more calories than you take in to start seeing the numbers drop on the scale.