A healthy, slim tummy is not impossible to obtain. If you’re at the beginning of your weight loss trek, keep your focus on eating well and exercising plenty. As you near that stubborn plateau where weight becomes more difficult to lose and toning or sculpting certain body parts feels like pulling ex caliber out of a stone, don’t worry. It’s time to shake things up and hit the reset button. Adopt these helpful tips to lose weight and you’ll begin to see and feel the changes within a week!
1. Every exercise is an ab exercise. If you think you’re isolating a muscle group, think again. You use your core muscles to help you stabilize, lift, lower, coordinate, inhale and exhale, protect the lower back, cut, kick, shift, start, stop and everything in between. Without your abdominals, you’ll have a heck of a time getting things done. Make sure you’re engaging the core with every exercise, either by pulling the naval into the spine or tilting the pelvis forward; use it.
2. Use resistance. Add weight to your exercise routine, more than you’re doing already. Try weighted sit-ups, Russian twists with a kettlebell, plates on your back during a plank, even cranking up the Stair Master will do the trick or try ball slams. Include body weight resistance, like pull-ups and pushups. In both of these exercises, you’re relying on your core to keep the upper and lower body muscle groups in coordination. Remember, when you increase the weight, lower your reps until your muscles catch up.
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