Moves To Reduce Belly Fat
As we get older, the quest for a slimmer waist becomes harder to complete. The main reason is that hormonal changes encourage storage of calories in your belly area in the form of fat. A research conducted on women between 20-60 years old at the University of Vermont found that the oldest women had 55% more fat compared to the youngest. However, belly fat is inevitable but you can always reduce it by doing regular exercise.
If you want to lose weight, and your belly fat, you will need to be sure that you are working in some exercise as well. It can be difficult squeezing exercise into your routine, but the way you feel after a work out, and the way you are going to look will be worth every minute.
One of my favorite new workouts is a combination of Pilates and Yoga, when I first did Pilates, I was surprised to see how much I use these moves in my everyday workouts.
A pilates workout is one of the best secrets for reducing belly fat as it engages all abdominal muscles. For optimal results when doing each of the reps described below, pull your navel out towards the spine to flatten the belly.
Start by lying straight on your back with the legs stretched on the floor. Raise your right leg towards the ceiling as you keep the hands at the sides and the toes pointed. Hold that position for as long as 60 seconds. Make circles with your right toes as you rotate your leg from the hip. As you start the circle inhale and exhale towards the end of the circle. Do six circles and repeat the procedure with the left leg. Meanwhile, keep the body as still as possible and tighten your abs to accomplish this. Don’t stop until you have completed 6 reps on each leg.
Lift your legs up and bent them at a right angle while lying on your back. Keep the calves parallel to the floor and the thighs up. With your palms down, rest your hands on the sides and press the lower back towards the floor. While doing this rep, be sure to contract your abs. Lower your feet and inhale for a count of two as you move your hips and dip your toes towards the floor without actually touching the floor. Raise your leg back to its original position as you exhale. Repeat the same with your right leg and continue to alternate legs until you have completed twelve reps.
Back Extension with Rotation
To get started, lie flat on your stomach with your palms and hands on the floor. Pull your abs in and separate your feet to hip width. Raise your chest, shoulders and head off the floor. Rotate the upper body to the left and back to the center, then lower. Repeat the same process on your right side and keep going until you have completed six rotations on both sides.
– by Coach Ceanne