5 exercises for your FLATTER TUMMY if you are over 40! this is not a blog for 20 somethings with no stretch marks ;-)
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 is 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?
Pills and potions are not the best way to sort out your tummy!
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!
Eating a diet with lots of ‘high-resistance starch’ — ie lentils and chickpeas — can reduce the fatty pockets. 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.
You can easily eat probiotic foods like:
- Yogurt – no sugar or fruit (pretty please)
- Saukeraut (gotta be honest, not keen on this one!)
- Cottage cheese – oh yes easy one
- Pickled gherkins – pickled in water & salt (NOT VINEGAR)
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.
ANYWAY here is the 2 big secrets to a flat tummy – the two Ps……
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.
- The muscles close to the skin is called the Rectus Abdominous or ‘six-pack’. That muscle works simply when you move forward, job done
- Underneath the rectus, you have two sets of obliques that work when you twist, again add a bit of twisting and job done.
- 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.
5 exercises to improve your TUMMY
- Toe taps
- Pilates sit-ups – very different from ‘circuit’ or BodyPump, crossfit sit ups
- Plank – in my opinion, the half plank is stronger than the full plan
- Side Plank – to get the obliques working
- BACK – you can’t exercise your tummy without supporting it with some back exercises
Like anything in life it takes practice, I find physical exercise easy because I practice – a lot. If you feel that a steady mind, less stress and a more comfortable way of being is important to you then the repeated and continued practice will be worth it.
I would love to know how you get on, add your comments to the blog below.
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PS. Do you want to 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
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