Food is eternal love. To indulge in food is bliss. But too much indulgence or unsupervised indulgence has its own effects. The overall one is weight gain and to be specific weight gain of the tummy. It’s easy to get a paunch when you eat a lot, be it healthy or unhealthy (then it is worse). It is not good for the health to have too big a tummy. There are several ways to prevent or reduce the tummy. Some of the very effective ones have been briefed about here.
1. Commando Plank
This is a 60 second sustaining exercise which is split into half. The first 30 seconds, you must stay in a high plank position with the feet apart by the width of your hip and with a tightened core. Ensure that you are keeping a neutral spine without any bends. For the next half a minute, slide to a forearm plank position where your spine is flat, forearms are on the ground, core is tightened. The last 15 seconds, switch from high to forearm plank without changing anything else.
2. The very famous Crunches
Place your feet on the ground firmly with knees bent whilst lying down flat. You can either clasp your hands behind your head or use two fingers each on either side of your forehead to concentrate on your pressure points. Get up, raising your body (only upper) which will squeeze your abdominal muscles. Try holding for 5 seconds when you are in the raised position. A minimum of 30 crunches will be very effective. Crunches help with fitness of lower, oblique and upper abdominal muscles.
3. Upward Back Bend
A double bonus of tucking your tummy in and of strengthening your back, this exercise should be performed with a ten second sustenance at the position. Lying on your tummy, lift your chest from the ground slowly while taking in deep breaths at patterned rhythms of ‘breathe in’ and ‘breathe out’. The palms have to be placed on the ground, shoulder width apart. You should bend your upper body backwards as much as you can while tightening your navel and core. Make sure your head tilts back as you bend backwards.
4. Leg Lifts
This exercise also works on the calf muscles of the legs. You must lie down on your back and lift your legs one by one and then together in a slow manner. Make sure your upper body and lower back is placed on the floor firmly and is not lifted up too and also that the knees are straight and don’t bend while the legs are being lifted. While bringing them down, pause at different angles and hold for a few seconds. Hands have to be placed palm down with a tightened core.
5. Side Plank Dips
This exercise has to be done on both sides of the body each with a 60 second hold up period. Let’s say, you are lying on your right side, rest your right elbow on the ground and left leg lying parallel on your right leg. Tighten and squeeze your core, raise yourself upwards on the side, (thrusting the opposite side upwards helps) and raise your left arm stretched out upwards simultaneously. Go back to resting position and repeat while also remembering to switch sides.
Start the routine. Get fit, feel fit and look fit!