Most women who are getting older tend to find their midsection getting ‘out of shape’ in some way or other, especially, if exercise isn’t a lifestyle choice. It is harder to tone the body when it is not in shape, however it is possible. Stubborn fat cells will be removed, but with hard work.
These exercise moves below won’t take you more than 10-20 minutes each day. They key is to be consistent. These will work wonders with consistency and repetition.
Plank helps to isolate and target the inner abdominal muscles. Most personal trainers call this the transverse ab move.’ These deep muscles are important because once you train each of these muscles; they will act like a girdle around your waistline and strengthen your core. Begin by getting into a position as if you were going to do pushups. Bend the elbows and put most of your body weight on the forearms. Straighten your body from the shoulders to the ankles. Contract your abdomen as if someone was going to punch you in your midsection. Hold in your stomach for 15 second intervals until you can do it for 3 minutes.
Like the front plank, this exercise allows your muscles to be isolated, targeting the midsection, back and hips. Use this exercise to remove love handles. Begin by lying down on your side. Straighten your knees and stack your feet on each other. Balance on your elbow as you raise your hips until the position assumes a straight line from shoulders to ankles. Hold the position for at least 30 seconds. Do the other side.
Your oblique (side) muscles are the most forgotten when it comes to exercise. This is the muscle that gives definition to the waistline and improves your posture. Begin by lying down on your back and put both hands by your sides. Pull in your stomach all the way to your spine to prevent an arched back. As you straighten your legs off the ground, do alternate kicking of the feet.
Alternate Arm and Leg Raise
If you want to strengthen the core and get rid of your muffin top, do alternate arm and leg raises. It is the ideal exercise to give you balance and slim your waistline. Go down on all fours (hands and feet). As you lift the right arm in front of you, lift the left leg, keeping a straight line from your fingers to your heel. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat approximately 20 times.
To work the rectus abdominal, you will need to do the bicycle crunch routine. Begin by lying down on the back. Put your hands behind the head. Now lift the knees to the chest. As you twist your torso toward the left, raise the head and the shoulders from the floor. Pull the left knee in the direction of the right elbow while extending the legs outward at a 45 degree angle. Do 15 repetitions on both sides.
In addition to exercise, you have to be mindful of what you eat. In fact, 90% of your excess weight is your food intake. With good nutrition and targeted exercise, you can tone your midsection and get rid of the muffin top. Let us hear your comments. Leave them below.