Carrying extra weight around the stomach can be hard to shift and comes around for a number of reasons.
We’d always recommend keeping an eye on your diet, including cutting your sugar intake which can often come from an excess of simple carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and cakes.
First of all, it’s important to acknowledge that stress can have a huge influence on how and where we store fat.
Weight gain around our waists can be triggered by excess cortisol, the stress hormone, which is produced by your adrenal glands in response to fight or flight mode.
Minimising your stress levels should be one of your priorities if you’re trying to lose belly fat, and we’d recommend yoga, Pilates or meditation to help protect your inner calm and look after your mental health.
FAT BURNING EXERCISE
Trimming fat and losing those inches off your waistline isn’t achieved from spending 2 hours straight in the gym.
There are a number of high intensity cardio exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home that will get your heart rate up and into fat burning mode.
All of the classes at Feelnoo are tailored to provide low-impact, easy on the joints movement. So, you won’t find squat-jumps and high knees running, but we will get you the cardio workout you need.
WORK ON A STRONG CORE
When the core has been distorted, through pregnancy or weight gain, you need to target this area with some strengthening exercises to get it back into shape and supporting your body and posture as a whole.
An example exercise for targeting the stomach and core would be to practice the plank position for 30 seconds at a time.
This is a simple but effective exercise which you can amend for your ability level, for example by starting with your knees on the ground.