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Stomach-Slimming Exercises

By Sabiene Annwrit

There are unpleasant physical problems from being overweight, especially if you gain too much fat in your waist or belly area. Getting a lean tummy is possible with a diet that will cause you to burn fat, like eating or drinking a lot of fruits and vegetables. However, exercise is as vital to your livelihood as working to provide for your necessities. Give your tummy a little help with stomach-slimming exercises.

Work Those Muscles

Isolate those tummy muscles. Lie on your back on the floor and do crunches, sit-ups and abdominal holds that target the stomach muscles. Tired of the floor-exercise routine? Do tummy exercises sitting or standing, too. Pull your belly in as far as you can while exhaling. Try to touch your spine with your navel and hold for a count of 10, then release. Start with as many repetitions as you can. Set a goal and gradually increase the number of repetitions. Pull your tummy in and push out, controlling the motion while concentrating on pulling in tight. Learn to isolate the different muscles in the stomach using this method. This can be done anywhere and in most any position.

Use a stability ball to slim down. Exercise with a stability ball causes you to use your inner stomach muscles that support your internal organs and your spine.

Energize Your Body

Involve your whole body in losing stubborn fat. Alternate your routine often to present a physical and mental challenge. Incorporate aerobic exercise three to five times a week for at least 30 minutes a day. Jogging, boxing, swimming and even jumping rope use both legs and arms at the same time, keeping your heart rate up, burning the most calories per workout.

Lift weights or do Pilates two or three times a week to build the core muscles.

Walk briskly outdoors. Swim at the lake for a change of pace. Paddle a canoe. Positioning yourself low on your knees in the canoe can give you more of a workout than kayaking or rowing, burning more calories per hour while benefiting your stomach muscles.

Activities such as raking leaves, shoveling snow and biking offer moderate aerobic benefit.

No-Stress Slim Down

Stress will cause you to pack on extra abdominal bulges.There are stomach-slimming exercises for people in all walks of life. Find what it is you enjoy doing and de-stress. Dancing stimulates the mind, relieves stress and increases energy, strength and muscle tone. Salsa dancing can burn as much as 420 calories per hour. Polynesian dance is a low-impact workout that employs small, controlled movements throughout the abdominal region. Belly dance combines exercises for every muscle in the stomach. You learn to isolate muscle groups and coordinate between and control the muscles, resulting in toning and strengthening of your tummy.

Remember that specific toning exercises will not slim your tummy bulge alone. Your physical well-being starts from within. Employ all the avenues of well-being by eating right, getting enough sleep and doing exercises to slim your tummy.

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