The best exercises to effectively lose belly fat are those that are fun and promote overall body fat loss. While spot-reduction from abdominal exercises isn't likely to reduce your belly fat significantly, a combination of aerobic and core-strengthening exercises will. With a mini-trampoline, you can feel like a kid again while burning calories, tightening your core, and reducing belly fat. Work up to 30 to 40 minutes per workout three to five days each week.
Perform the basic bounce by stepping into the middle of the trampoline. With your feet shoulder-width apart, begin gently bouncing up and down. Use the basic bounce as the warm-up and cool-down portions of your workout. You can vary your basic bounce by jumping from one foot to the other and gradually increasing, and then decreasing, the distance between your feet.
To really work your core, add a twist into each jump. When you jump up into the air, twist your core to one side and then land. On the next jump, twist to the other side. Repeat as many times as you wish during your mini-trampoline workout.
While the name may be ridiculous, this exercise is a serious abdominal toner. Sit near the edge of your mini-trampoline, keeping your arms bent near your sides and your feet off the ground. Pump your bent arms and use your abs to bounce your butt up and down on the trampoline.
Tips and Safety Considerations
Before you take your first jump on your mini-trampoline, be sure you have plenty of clearance both around and above the trampoline. If you are exercising in your basement or another room with a low ceiling, place the mini-trampoline accordingly to prevent head injury from high jumps. Also use caution when purchasing your mini-trampoline; the trampoline should have sturdy springs and legs that will not break during use. If you have balance issues, consider purchasing a mini-trampoline with an attached safety bar.
Shawna Van Trease has been a freelance copy editor and writer since 2007. She has written extensively for private clients, including market research and website development firms. Van Trease holds a Master of Arts in social work from the University of Chicago.