5 exercises for your FLATTER TUMMY if you are over 40!

Adele Stickland Adele Stickland

Maybe you think that a flat tummy and being a lady over 40 isn’t going to happen? Perhaps you are right but I know that you CAN have a tummy you are comfortable with This blog is going to help you to discover how you can improve your digestion and your muscle tone. There are no gimmicks just straight talking sensible advice and exercise you can follow. I am a woman over 40 and I have “found” the secret to a tummy I am comfortable with. I want to share that information with you and that is exactly what this blog is going to do.

Are you feeling ready to sort out your uncomfortable tummy?

  • Are you fed up feeling bloated and your tummy being ‘in your way’?
  • Do you want more confidence and happy with the way you look?

After three caesareans I know exactly how you feel – having to lift my tummy to feel comfortable and less sweaty. Feeling so uncomfortable and conscious of the way I looked. I want to use my knowledge to help you. There are two secrets to a flat tummy… would you like to know what they are? I am very happy to share them with you, cos I want you to feel gorgeous and show off your beautiful amazing body. And feel grateful for what your fabulous body does for you every day. Before I tell you the two big secrets, can I tell you what a flat tummy doesn’t need? Join me for a 10-day Tummy challenge?  10 days for 10 minutes a day using Pilates exercises. Here is the link to find out more about Pilates tummy challenge 

Pills and potions are not the way!

I am not a great fan of meal replacements in any form. It worries me what is going into your lovely body without really knowing what effect it is having on you internally either now or in the future. At the end of the day, it is highly processed and generally not good for you. That doesn’t mean to say I don’t agree with pro-biotics. They rock! Do you remember watching Angela Rippon find out that whilst gorgeous and lovely on the outside she had fatty deposits inside her body?

 

Don’t miss my blog on What are probiotics and prebiotics and why you shouldn’t drink Yakult!

Angela found out that if you have fatty deposits around your inner organs you are encouraged to take Inulin, a nutritional component that occurs naturally in many plants but can also be taken in powder form. Do you know what inulin is? It is basically a probiotic that helps with the healthy bacteria in the gut called bifidobacteria and lactobacilli – you might not be able to pronounce them (I can’t) but you have definitely heard of them from the Yakult adverts.

DON’T DRINK YAKULT or any other little drink – they are full of sugar and feed the demon bacteria – the baddies, the sugar in these drinks feeds the bacteria in the gut that make you feel like you have ‘gut rot’ and the bloated feeling.

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You can easily eat probiotic foods like:

  1.   Yoghurt – no sugar or fruit
  2.   Saukeraut (gotta be honest, not keen on this one!)
  3.   Cottage cheese – oh yes easy one
  4.   Pickled gherkins – pickled in water & salt (not vinegar)
  5.   Mozzarella
  6.   Cheddar

To be honest I have just picked out the easy foods that you can find and put into your diet. There are more probiotic foods, but I wanted to start you off gently. Don’t let cheese intimidate you.

A flatter stomach is about:

1 What you eat

2. When you eat

3. How you exercise

Read more about obtaining a flatter stomach in your 40s

Here are the 2 big secrets to a flat tummy – the two Ps……

  1. Pilates
  2. Practice

5 exercises that you can do to improve your tummy muscles

From a Pilates perspective, there are exercises you can do to improve all 3 muscles of your abdomen

You have 3 tummy muscles.

  1. The muscles close to the skin is called the Rectus Abdominous or ‘six-pack’. That muscle works simply when you move forward, job done
  2. Underneath the rectus, you have two sets of obliques that work when you twist, again add a bit of twisting and job done.
  3. Underneath those muscles is the muscle that helps you flatten your tummy! Your TVA – transverse Abdominius. This little cutey ONLY works when you ask it to.

So the deepest muscle is the one that tones and gives you the appearance of a flat tummy is the one you need to concentrate on. When it works well it will hold your six-pack closest to your spine and hold it in place.

Do you want to join me for a 10-day Tummy challenge?  10 days for 10 minutes a day using Pilates exercises. Click here to find out more about 10-day Tummy Challenge

5 exercises to improve your TUMMY

  1. Toe Taps
  2. Pilates sit-ups – very different from ‘circuit’ or BodyPump, CrossFit sit-ups
  3. Plank – in my opinion, the half plank is stronger than the full plan
  4. Side Plank – to get the obliques working
  5. BACK – you can’t exercise your tummy without supporting it with some back exercises

 

 

 

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Here is a quick video I put together for those who are joining me to chat, it explains exactly what you and I will talk about

 

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PS.   Join me for a 10-day Tummy challenge –  10 days for 10 minutes a day using Pilates exercises. Here is the link to find out more 

Find out what other gorgeous girls have to say…

I’ve been Get Gorgeous- ing for about a year too and I’ve noticed all sorts of changes. when I joined I too was hoping for a quick fix despite having read the blurb I still wanted the weight to drop off by magic! anyway I have moved away totally from weight as a measurement -we have no scales in the house.

I feel as though I am in a good place. I too look forward to exercise and I actively seek out new ways to exercise and new people to exercise with. actually doing enough cardio is something I need to work on in the weeks when life gets in the way of my cycling to work (I need to timetable some HIIT workouts more regularly) but I’m great at getting my 10k plus daily steps in and doing pilates and yoga weekly – I’m managing 1 run a week I want to up that to 3 short ones (and I still haven’t done my park run watch this space) I feel that I am actually looking after my body (and my soul with help from Adele Stickland) at last.

The emphasis every day in my head is on putting good things in to fuel and support and nourish my body not on depriving my body of anything. I feel proud of how strong and toned my body has become. I struggled a bit at first with the earning of the carbs but now its just a genuine habit – I don’t eat starchy carbs unless I have exercised I eat bolognasie or chilli etc without pasta or rice on those days and cheese it up – its delicious. planning ahead is becoming ingrained too and we always have enough veg in the fridge for a tasty salad – we add cooked green beans and asparagus and all sorts of variations on a theme and I’ve become a lidl /Aldi convert for their great selection of fresh fish. even the kids are eating fresh fish now! this post is too long but you get the idea. keep the faith and the rest will follow xxxxxx

(“free your mind and your ass will follow” is Julian Cope’s version)xxx

Helen Clegg Solicitor and mummy of two 14th July 2017

 

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3 responses to “5 exercises for your FLATTER TUMMY if you are over 40!”

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  2. Avatar Wendy says:

    Hi Adele my name is Wendy I unfortunately had a prolapsed disc a few years ago then 2 years ago I had an emergency total hysterectomy I now have started swimming once a week l do slot of gardening and walking would love to start your 10 day excerise oh and iv just turned 49 years old ?many thanks Wendy

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