Say goodbye to belly fat | Robesonian

Working in an office staffed mostly by women (minus our doctors), we enter into some interesting conversations. This afternoon a member of my staff looked down in my office and asked “Hey, Boss Lady!” (as she grabbed her midsection), how do you get rid of it? »

After having a good laugh at his expense, we discussed belly fat, especially in women of a certain age, being the culprit. As women age and hormones change, the concentration of fat around the midsection is common. Doctors will tell you, however, that excess belly fat is a big health problem. Deep visceral fat around the abdominal organs puts us at higher risk for heart disease, cancer, and even dementia. On top of all the health risks, it’s pretty hard to zip up your favorite pair of jeans or want to strut your stuff on the beach. While what we eat is key, there are also exercises that can help burn off some of that jelly belly.

Here are some of the best exercises to burn belly fat. Log in and check out YouTube to see the correct way to do each move:

– Burpees: While most of my CrossFit friends dread a workout with Burpees, this is one of my favorite exercises. Burpees work your core as well as your chest, shoulders, and arms. Burpees burn calories and can also be done just about anywhere.

— Mountaineers: We now move from the one I love to the one I hate — the fearsome mountaineers. Mountain climbers combine board holding and leg work and, like burpees, can be done anywhere.

— Turkish Get Up: This one is a 200-year-old full-body exercise that combines weightlifting, balance, and coordination. I finally mastered them this year! A Turkish Get Up works just about every muscle group at once. Be sure to use a super light dumbbell or kettlebell.

— Medicine Ball Slams: A medicine ball is a medium sized ball filled with sand at varying weights. By “slamming” the ball into the ground repeatedly, you work your core, back, arms and legs. You can slam them from the overhead or sideways position to work different core muscles. You can get a slam ball at a sporting goods store or even Walmart for around $15 to $20, depending on the weight.

— Planks: Plank workouts are all the rage because they’re easy to do, take little time, and don’t require any equipment. Planks target all core muscles.

These are just a few ideas to help you work on that belly fat. Make them part of your daily routine, first thing in the morning before you go to work is best. Additionally, following a healthy, low-fat diet and doing cardiovascular running, walking, biking, or rowing will provide you with the most benefits. Remember to consult your doctor before starting a new fitness program.

Kathy Hansen has over 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She can be reached by email at [email protected]

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