How to get rid of that mid-section!

June 22nd, 2011

Today’s Newsletter is all about ABS! I can’t tell you how many times a week I get the question, “what can I do at home for my abs?”, or “what is the best exercise for my stomach?”.  I’m here to tell you the answers to those questions, and the answer to how to lose that belly fat.  Dozens of crunches, on their own, are not likely to help you lose the gut. What does work is a full body exercise routine that builds muscle all over. Since muscle burns calories even while you’re resting, having more muscle helps to melt fat all over, including the belly. The best plan is regular cardio/aerobic exercise (this is where my class comes in:)), resistance training, and of course a healthy diet.

If you are a firm believer in those crunches, I recommend doing them AFTER you get that heart rate up by either cardio, or resistance. For example, if you’re a runner, do your stomach

Also, you can always help tone that stomach all through out your day.  Did you know that flexing your stomach for 5 seconds equals one crunch? Well now you know:).  So get in the habit of flexing that stomach all day long, and while your burning those calories those muscles will start to shine.

Another way to get rid of bloating (mostly for us women) is fixing that posture so your torso is nice and straight, and take deep breathes.  In through the nose, out through the mouth.  While you breath out, keep that stomach flexed.  Repeat as many times as needed or until your bloating is gone.  It helps with stress relief too!

So while you’re sitting there breathing in and out deeply, I’ll go over some of the changes that are taking place with my class!

Your Friend,
Melissa (Weidner) Elder

Get a Theraband Exercise ball to assist you in developing your abs at home.

If you’d like to see an exercise that utilizes an exercise ball to strengthen the abs, check out this home exercise: