Belly fat, who you?
Your belly: The Final Frontier…
For some of us, toned abs have always been elusive. For others, it’s just tough to keep them consistently flat and foxy. One doughnut too many and you have a mystery bubble popping out in front. And if you’ve ever had a baby, you know the tummy is the last part of your body to come back around and shape up.
Once fall arrives and you start to wear more layers, it’s easy to disguise your mid-section. But it’s not only about the aesthetics. You want a flat belly, yes. But what you want, what you really really want, is to have a strong core.
So what can you do every day to tone, flatten and strengthen, and maybe even get some enviable abs? (Yes you could spray tan them on, but you’re not going to fool anyone).
One, you must be diligent. Two, you must not eat those doughnuts. And finally, you can do this exercise:
Double Leg/Lower Lift
On your back on the mat, engage your abdominal muscles to lift your legs up, perpendicular to the floor. If you can keep your legs straight, do so. If not, straighten as much as you can, but still squeeze your inner thighs together. With your arms resting long by your sides and your neck and chest relaxed, inhale, and begin to lower your legs. Keeping your back on the mat is key, so only lower your legs as far as you can go and still maintain that connection to the mat. Deepen your abdominal contraction and exhale to bring your legs up. Repeat this 10 times.
For more advanced work, try this exercise with your hands behind your head and lift your head and shoulders off the mat, keeping your gaze toward your knees. Additionally, you can take your legs even lower.
If you have any lower back pain, you should skip this exercise or try to modify it by placing your hands under you, between your tailbone and hips (sacrum). This will help to support your lower back. Also, make the movement smaller by lowering your legs just a little. I promise, you will still get the benefit and feel the work.
You can do this as often as you like. It really works.
Questions? I have answers!