A strong core is a way to a healthy future. Whether you’re trying to be ready for the summer to get into some lovely dresses and beachwear or you just want to get back into shape with strong curved muscles, it takes work to get there. But it doesn’t have to be a hard or expensive way.

All you need are an exercise mat and free weights to reduce the belly fat. Don’t forget a balanced diet because it is almost as important when you’re aiming for a sculpted look, according to StyleCraze. Most beginners fall into the trap of going all out and lose motivation along the way, but you could start with low-intensity workouts with balanced meals and see a change over a few weeks.

Aim for up to four days of low-intensity exercises over a week. Start out with one set of each of these workouts one after the other and slowly increase the number of times you repeat the routine with 45 to 60 seconds rest in between.

1. Flutter Kicks

Lie down on your back on a mat with palms underneath your glutes. Raise your legs in a straight line so that they lightly hover over the floor. Tighten your core and kick up and down while alternating both legs. Don’t let your feet touch the floor and don’t lift your lower back off it either. Do this for 20 seconds and then repeat twice.

2. Cross Crunch

Lie down on the mat with your left hand behind the head and the other arm at a 90-degree angle with the palm facing down. Raise your right knee and twist to bring it closer to your left elbow. Try to make the two touch. Then reverse and start again. Do 10 reps on both sides.

3. Partial Sit-Up

Lie down straight on your back with knees bent and stretch your arms towards the front. Use your abs to get your torso off the ground. Your head, shoulders, and upper back should be off the ground. Do 40 times or until you feel a burn in your upper abs.

4. Side Plank With Reach-Under

You will need free weights for this workout. With a dumbbell in your left hand, do a side plank and hold your body up on right elbow and forearm. Bend the right knee for better balance and raise your hips off the ground so it is in a straight line. Raise the left arm towards the ceiling and look up. Then reach under and behind the torso with the left hand. Lift your arm back to first position. Do 10 reps and change sides.

5. Squat To Rotating Press

Stand with feet shoulder length apart and raise your hands with dumbbells in hand. Lower yourself to a squat position then curl weights towards your chest and press upwards with your body rotating to the right. Pivot with left heel and then return to start position. Repeat on the other side. Do 12 reps on both sides.

6. Reverse Crunch

Lie down on the floor on your back with knees bent. Keep your arms by the side. Lift your feet off and bring knees towards your abs. Your toes should be pointed upwards. Don’t lift your head and neck off the floor. Come back to starting position and repeat 12 times.

7. V Sit-Up

Sit with legs outstretched on a mat, then extend arms at shoulder level and lean back slightly. Lift your legs off the ground and come to a position so that your body is forming a V shape. You can raise the difficulty by raising your arms towards your toes. Hold for 10-20 seconds then return to initial position.