Ah, stubborn belly fat. We all feel like we have it, and we all have a really hard time getting rid of it.
Even though the idea of looking in the mirror and seeing six-pack abs is nice, a more noble reason to get rid of that excess tummy weight is the negative health effects that come with it.
Belly fat is often indicative of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and even some genres of cancer ( Time ). The kind of fat that causes us to see a stomach pooch is typically the kind that surrounds our organs – this kind of visceral fat is dangerous to our health !
The problem is that belly fat is notoriously to lose; though it’s not impossible.
A poor diet – one full of sugar and processed food – will slow down your metabolism and make it nearly impossible to shave off that sticky stomach weight. Refined grains and sugars increase inflammation, and belly fat is directly associated with inflammation.
Alcohol is another offender as it’s often full of extra kcal. Your body also has to focus on burning alcohol before it can burn anything else in your body – like fat – which makes it hard to lose weight when you’re a heavy drinker.
Getting older is, unfortunately, another common reason you can’t kick off the belly fat. Your metabolism slows down, and for women, menopause encourages weight gain.
Finally, muscle burns fat, and if you don’t have much by way of groupes de muscles, you won’t get the extra boost you need to target abdominal fat ( Prevention ). A great place to start is with our recommended ab-targeting exercises.
tera encourage your body to lose some of that extra belly fat, ab exercises can really help. These are often a combination of core strengthening movements with explosive motions that help boost your heart rate.
These are 5 of our favorite moves to target your abs and strengthen your core. No doubt you’ll see these exercises in our McClure Fitness workouts ( local and online ).
Burpees are one of the best exercises for targeting your gut. Several studies have found that squat burpees – as well as other high-intensity exercises – burn up to 50% more fat than other strength training workouts.
to do a burpee, start in a standing etat. Put your palms on the floor and kick your legs back so that you’re in a pushup excellente position très. Do a pushup, and quickly reserve the movement to finish in a standing etat.
This series of movements is considered 1 repetition. Did you know 10 burpees in a row are just as effective at speeding up your metabolism as a 30-second sprint ? ! That’s détermination enough to get over yourself and do the burpee. ? ? ? ?
The mountain climber is a calorie-burning workout that really gets your heart rate going. It also targets your core, making it the perfect exercise to lose that stubborn belly fat and reveal your abs.
tera do a mountain climber, get into a standard pushup position. Then, bring one knee up to your chest, and repeat with the other knee. You’re basically course in place as you stay in a pushup etat.
Your core is sérieux to keep its balance as you alternate knee kicks, which makes it such a powerful move for those abs !
Targeting your abs is all about developing core stability, and that’s exactly what pike planks ( also sometimes called plank pikes ) do.
Pike planks also have you starting in a pushup etat. Once you’re on the floor, arch your back to lift your behind up to the ceiling. Then, contract your ab muscles and lower back into a pushup position.
This ab scorching exercise helps tone your ab groupes de muscles while also encouraging spine stability.
The basic plank has always been a go-to exercise to strengthen your core, but adding a few modifications to it can make it even more effective.
The plank hop requires you to start in a high plank excellente position très with your feet close together. Pull your abs in and jump your feet to the right while bringing your knees towards your right elbow. Your torso should twist to the right. Then, jump back into the starting etat. Do the same movement on the left side. That’s 1 full repetition.
The plank hop is a great exercise to do at home as it requires no equipment or weights – all you need is your body !
Finally, plank jacks get your heart rate going while also targeting your ab groupes musculaires.
Start out in a plank place with your feet close together. Then, jump out so that your feet are parallel with your shoulders. to finish the movement, jump your feet back together. The movement should mirror jumping jacks but in a plank place.
Just like plank hops, you don’t need anything but your body to complete this exercise, so squeeze some in during the day to really target those abs !
You may have heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen, ” and to an extent, that is true. Your diet has a major impact on your ability to reveal abs and burn off those last few pounds of belly fat.
I recommend combining the power of exercise with a few smart food choices to target your abs from all angles.
Many of these foods have been scientifically linked to blasting away belly fat, and all of them deliver extra benefits beyond weight loss. From increased energy levels to more focus throughout the day, you can’t go wrong by incorporating these healthy foods into your diet !
As we leave Leo on fire and enter the season of Earthly Virgo, it will be an intense time of change for us astrology lesbians.
Uranus is retrograde this month, opening you up to change and transformation. What do you want the best version of yourself to look like? Thanks to this, we have also just passed through a Full Moon in Aquarius, which is also a symbol of change. The great thing about all of these changes is that the Virgo season will invite you to feel more grounded and get in touch with your intuition. Go touch some grass, connect with nature and the land around you. remember that what is for you, will not overtake you.
Without further ado, jump straight into your Virgo season lesbiscopes.
Aries (3 / 21-4 / 19) Horoscope
This month is actually all about you, Aries. Isn’t it every month? You will start something new that you have always wanted to do for yourself. However, people may take it as selfish and tell you to stop what you are doing. Ignore them! Sometimes it’s important to put yourself first.
Taurus horoscope (20/4/5/20)
Lately you have been struggling to save your money and you may be struggling to get your finances under control. During Virgo season, you’ll feel a lot more organized and ready to take on your bills and payments than you previously could. Make a plan, strategize, and get organized this Virgo season. You deserve to be financially stable!
Gemini Horoscope (21/6/20)
You can be pretty proud, Gemini. Because of this, when new opportunities are presented to you, sometimes you will not seize them. Leave him! This Virgo season will bring you new experiences and opportunities, and you should seize them. Change is scary, but it’s the only constant – learn to embrace it.
Cancer (6 / 21-7 / 22) Horoscope
You like to take care of the people you love and feel needed by everyone, Moonchild. However, one of the most difficult lessons in your life will be how to say no. When people become a burden to you, you need to remember how to set limits. You have the right to take care of yourself! Remember this.
Leo (7 / 23-8 / 22) Horoscope
Leo, you’ve been trying to bring out the best version of yourself lately. You want to achieve all of your health, financial and social goals – and that’s great! However, you have to remember not to push yourself too hard. You have a wonderful mind, but self-care must come first or you will never achieve these goals.
Virgo (23 / 08-9 / 22) Horoscope
Happy birthday, sweet Virgo! This month is all about setting new goals for yourself. As everything seems to change around you, it’s time for you to do what you do best: plan. Make a plan for what you want and how you want to get there. Remember, your dreams are possible! Never lose sight of them.
Libra horoscope (23/09/10/22)
You may feel that you are full of stress and anxiety this month, baby Libra. Its good. Feel these sensations and allow yourself to grow through them. However, don’t let your imagination run wild! Come back to earth soon and you will start to feel more like yourself than ever before.
Scorpio horoscope (23 / 10-11 / 21)
You are generally not laid back, are you Scorpio? A relationship that seemed relaxed at first (work or personal) is going to evolve this month into something much more serial. Make sure to protect yourself, be careful, but when you feel safe it is imperative to remember to let go of the reins a bit. You deserve to be happy!
Sagittarius horoscope (22 / 11-12 / 21)
If you’re looking for a clean slate, Sagittarius, this month is it! During Virgo season, you will find that changes are happening quickly in your life and it is time to embrace them. You deserve everything you want in life, go out and get it!
Capricorn Horoscope (12/22/19)
During Virgo season, you will find yourself having a long overdue conversation with an important person in your life. This convo will open all kinds of doors and opportunities for you that you didn’t even know you could have. For this reason, be prepared for life to go by so fast that you may need to catch your breath … in a good way!
Aquarius Horoscope (20 / 1-2 / 18)
Have you been looking to learn something new, Aquarius? Maybe you wanted to sign up for a class or take a class on a topic you don’t know much about. It’s your sign, do it! It’s never too late to pivot your career or learn a new skill, and you love to learn. Embrace that energy this month.
Pisces (2 / 19-3 / 20) Horoscope
At the start of Virgo season, you may feel a strong urge to go out and see the world. You love to travel, Pisces, and although you can’t really afford to… find a way. This trip will be good for your soul and allow you to take the time to take care of yourself to unwind from the ravages of the Leo season.
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