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During menopause, one common thing most women notice is the accumulation of belly fat. Yes, it can have a significant impact on your confidence and make you feel frustrated. The fact that the belly is the toughest area in the body to tone up only makes the problem bigger.
It’s important to remember that with regular exercise, it is possible to get rid of all that belly fat. Apart from a good diet and proper sleep, you will need to workout on a regular basis to tone up the tummy.
Here are 7 easy and effective exercises to help you deal with belly fat during menopause:
Rope jumping is a fairly efficient type of cardio exercise! In fact, it is the best way to burn calories and belly fat. It helps to tone your calves, tighten your core, build stamina and improve your lung capacity. What’s more, it also strengthens the muscles of your legs, butt, shoulder, arms, and belly.
Tip: Do it for 15 minutes daily.
Pilates is known to strengthen muscles and tone up the body. The best part is that it is specifically designed to build core strength and improve flexibility. Hence, it helps to reduce belly fat by increasing the fat-burning efficiency of the body and at the same time, toning up the area.
Boat pose (Navasana) is a yoga pose that can strengthen the core, hip flexors, and spine. In addition, it helps to relieve stress and improves digestion. This pose works fabulously on your side and front tummy muscles, helping cut out the fat and toning up the areas.
Bicycle crunches are pretty good for rectus abdominis and obliques when done correctly. This abdominal exercise will help burn that stubborn belly fat and improve your posture. If you add bicycle crunches to your workout routine, you’re likely to increase core strength, slim down your waist, and improve your flexibility.
A great core busting exercise, it strengthens your core muscles and plays a significant role in fat burning. Plank is a good calorie burner that reduces belly fat and makes the tummy tight. In addition, it improves your body strength. A plank can engage multiple muscles at once and that’s why it is a beneficial exercise for burning the fat around your abdomen area. It also improves posture and flexibility.
The leg raise is a strength training exercise that is great for your abs and obliques. Leg raises are known to strengthen your leg muscles, build stronger abs, enhance flexibility in the body and reduce belly fat. This move is often used to strengthen rectus abdominal muscles as well as internal and external oblique muscles for a toned tummy. To get and keep a flat stomach, continue increasing your number of repetitions!
Steady-state cardio exercises improve your body’s ability to burn fat. In fact, according to a 2014 study, continuous aerobic activities are more effective than HIIT workouts at improving fat distribution in the body. Steady with moderate-intensity cardio workout includes repetitive exercises like walking, running, hiking, or biking. It is a good option for those also who need overall reduction of fat.
So, ladies, try these exercises to cut down that stubborn belly fat!