Everyone wants a trimmer midsection come Summer; it’s already Spring, so it’s time to get your gut in gear! Use these easy exercises and top tips to help you on your way. More after the jump.
Ditch the Dark Beer
Not only does alcohol raise your cortisol levels (leading to fat storage in the belly department), but it also has plenty of sugars you simply don’t need. If you must have a drink during your work week, stick with a small glass of red wine. A winery in Indianapolis produces a sugar-free wine called Slender. It’s worth checking out! Remember to keep a glass of seltzer or sparkling water on hand to stay hydrated.
Breathe In, Breathe Out
These are not just lyrics to a popular 90’s song. Taking the time to de-stress by finding a quiet indoor space or outdoor haven will make all the difference in the world. Stress leads to weight gain in the belly area. A 15-minute walk will clear your head and help keep you somewhat active if you aren’t up for a full workout. Avoid storing extra fat in your middle by taking a brisk walk and breathing in the air outside; your endorphins will soar and you can enjoy nature at the same time.
Exercise: The Bent Knee Crunch
Start this core-crunching workout move by lying on your back with your legs in the air and your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Place your fingers behind your ears for support.
Lift your head, neck, shoulders and rib cage off the floor; be sure to tighten your abdominal muscles as you do this.
Slowly lower your upper body back to the floor. Lift the shoulders up off the floor with each rep so that you feel the contraction. Perform 20 reps of this easy workout move!