Tighten Your Belly With 5 Easy Exercises

I’m sure we all wish that we could shed a few pounds, especially around the midsection.  With the warmer weather here it seems to be more of a priority.  Of course we all wand to look good in a bathing suit but the are other, health conscience reasons, you should want to lose that spare tire around your midsections.

Why is belly fat so bad? The fat that surrounds your midsection is easily broken down and absorbed into the blood, traveling to the liver where it increases the production of triglycerides and so-called “bad” cholesterol, both of which have been implicated in an array of diseases and medical conditions. It also works to upset the balance between blood sugar and insulin, which can result in diabetes and metabolic problems.

But nevertheless, we want to get rid of it and have that tight body when we look in the mirror.  So lets take a look at some exercises that we can accomplish at home.

Rolling crunches

Begin by lying flat on the floor with your lower back pressed against the floor for support. With your hands behind your head, begin as though you’re performing a sit-up, rolling your shoulders upward and forward and gently lifting your legs, bending them and rocking them toward your chest. If you can’t lift your head far, or at all, that’s OK; start with just the roll until you build up your strength. Repeat 10 times.bf2

Lunge twist

Combine the power of a forward lunge with the waist-whittling motion of the torso twist: Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent, lunge forward with your right leg and gently rotate your upper body to the right. Move back to starting position and repeat with the left leg, performing 8 to 10 reps on each side.

Squat jump

Stand as in the lunge twist and squat down as though you’re sitting in a chair. Now jump straight up, raising both arms straight over your head. Land in the squat position and repeat 12 times.

Alternate hop

Standing as for the lunge twist, put your hands on your hips. Now step forward using your left leg while raising your right leg up to a 90-degree angle. The effect is as if you’re getting ready to take a giant step with the right leg. Now jump straight up on your left foot, landing with both feet together. Do eight for each leg.

Side leg kicks

Tone the obliques,the side muscles responsible for your love handles

With this exercise: Lie on your right side with your legs together and straight. Prop your upper body on your elbow, placing your lower arm on the floor in front of you to help you balance. Place your left hand lightly on the floor in front of you. Now, keeping your toes flexed, raise your left leg a few inches and slowly swing it forward as far as you can while counting to two, then swing it back as far as you can while counting to two. Return to the start position but keep your left leg raised, don’t rest it in between reps. Repeat six times and then switch legs.



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