I know it takes at minimum 25 to 30 min of cardio a day to get anywhere. However what are the best toning / fat loss exercises for the stomach upper and lower, thighs and underarms? These are my problem areas… I can not seem to find an answer to my question. Every link wants me to buy a book, video or drug. Any one have any advice on these three areas??? That wont cost me $$$$$$$$$$
You are, to a certain degree, on the right track but the fact is without the proper nutrition, 90% of the exercise you do counts for nothing.
In order to burn fat, you must be in a caloric deficit and create the right hormonal environment for fat loss through clean dieting and proper exercise.
I can give you a few exercises to do that will help you burn some fat, but sooner or later you will hit a plateau and will stop burning fat due to a poor diet.
For stomach and thighs, you'd want to superset lower-body exercises with abdominals for example:
Bodyweight Squats – Hanging Leg Raises
Bulgarian Split Squats – Decline Crunches
Lunges – Regular Crunches
Focus on a full, controlled range of motion for the first week. Then add speed the following week, then add load the week after, as an example. Not everyone is the same so you have to find out what works best for you.
After an intense workout, finishing up with an intense bout of cardio for around 10-15 minutes would be a good start to boost that fat loss. Cardio does not work alone as it only strips you of your Lean Body Mass (LBM), and LBM is responsible for fat loss as Muscle is an active tissue.
After an intense workout, the body says, “What in the world did you just do to me? I had better hold on to this muscle or I won't last in the gym again!” The body then finds the next thing to burn and that is fat, so cardio after workout is always best.
There is plenty more to it but if you need any further help don't hesitate to get in touch.