Big Belly, Big Problems
Belly fat plays a very active role in the body, releasing hormones and other substances. The particular hormones that the belly fat releases activate your body’s stress response, which increases blood pressure, blood sugar and risk of heart disease. It also increases the risk of having a stroke due to high blood pressure.
The problem with belly fat is that it is not limited to the layer of padding underneath the skin. It also includes visceral fat, which lies deep inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs. Excess visceral fat can be harmful due to its location near the portal vein, which carries blood from the intestinal area to the liver, where they can affect the production of blood lipids. Visceral fat is directly linked with higher total cholesterol and bad cholesterol, lower good cholesterol and insulin resistance. A study found that visceral fat is far more dangerous than having a total BMI in obese range.
Stop Doing Sit-Ups
A bigger belly is not inevitable, and tummy-toning exercises can help. You may think sit-ups can do the trick, however, it is not really a solution to the big belly problem. Sit-ups make a good exercise if you want to create a six-pack, however it does not necessarily build a smaller waist. When you do a sit-up, your stomach muscles would just harden, but hardening outwards. The result is you would get a firm potbelly.
Start Doing Reformer Pilates
Pilates is a great option if you want to achieve a smaller waistline. It works all of your abdominal muscles including those in your six-pack, waist and deep muscles. It creates not just smaller waist and washboard stomach, but also good posture and healthier back.
Making the waist smaller is not the main objective of Pilates. However, it can help you trim your waistline. Pilates aims to strengthen your core muscles and elongate your midsection through postural correction. Unlike sit-ups and crunches that make you look wider, Pilates tightens your waistline and the body’s proper alignment, creating a slimmer waist.
To obtain a smaller waistline, remember that it is not all about the six-pack. The obliques are forgotten about where they actually do so much. Without them, you would not be able to twist, bend to the side or shake your hips.
Combined with dietary modification and aerobic exercise, Pilates can give better results in trimming your waistline as it improves your postural alignment while strengthening and defining your external obliques.
The benefit of exercising for smaller waistline is to achieve and maintain an hourglass figure. Great health cannot be overlooked. Go for Reformer Pilates in Leederville.
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