A lot of us carry excess weight around our mid-section, but have you ever stopped to think about why? There are several different types of belly out there, and some people definitely fall into more than one category. Find out what type of belly you have, and the best way to combat it.
Poor Posture Belly
Having poor posture is definitely a sneaky culprit when it comes to getting an unwanted belly bulge. This one is mostly noticeable in smaller people as it gives them a little lump in their lower abdominals when the rest of their body is relatively small. Having poor posture causes this pouch because the muscles around your midsection are weak due to lack of engagement. This causes the pelvis to tilt forward more than it should, leading to that awful lower abdominal area to protrude forward.
Best exercise to fix: Walking
But not just any walking, while you are walking concentrate on walking with your shoulders back and your chest high. This will be hard to maintain at first, but imagine how great you will look once you have strengthened your core, and your stomach is finally nice and flat.
This belly type is pretty easy to identify, it occurs right after you have given birth (makes sense). Post pregnancy your uterus is a lot heavier than it was before you were pregnant, and takes approximately 6-8 weeks to return back to its original size and weight. I know it can be tough seeing your belly after childbirth, but remember it took 9 months to get big, so it is not going to tighten up over night.
Best exercise to fix: Pelvic Tilt
Start with pelvic tilt exercising, this improves deep abdominal strength and stamina, which is very important post pregnancy. Having a baby places enormous stress on your pelvic floor muscles, and starting off slow with this exercise will help to tighten them back up. But make sure you consult your doctor prior to engaging in any physical activity.
Stress is known for many things, but did you know having high stress levels could actually lead to a belly pouch too? You can easily identify this type of belly, because persons with stress bellies have comparatively smaller arms and legs, the belly fat is usually hard, and the individual carrying excess weight around their midsection would generally be in a high pressure environment, be it at home or work.
Best exercise to fix: Anything active that helps to relieve stress
Some people benefit from a nice long run, others prefer combat sports such as boxing, and there’s always time to try out some meditation and stretch classes like yoga. Find what works for you and stick to it, and most importantly, ditch the stress!
The beer belly has to be included because lets face it, we are in the Caribbean and according to Lil Rick- ‘All is Rum’. We all know that alcohol is a big part of anything that happens here, and while alcohol may be responsible for turning a good night into a great night, it does quite the opposite for your waistline. Due to the high caloric content in alcohol and the foods we eat during a night out, all contribute to that awful layer of fat around our stomachs we call the beer belly.
Best exercise to fix: Put down the beer
Maybe not indefinitely, but after the 3rd or 4th round you should probably start to consider drinking water instead (having 5 beers on a night out can easily cost you more than 500 calories). Try to also start going for a 40 minute run, cardio is one of the best exercises to help get rid of a beer belly, so try this at least 3 times a week to really notice a difference.
Having a food belly is that one that affects most of us; the food belly quite obviously comes from eating too much food. Everything you put in your mouth contains calories, and if the calories aren’t burnt off with exercise, it stores as fat. So if you are constantly eating and not workout out, you will inevitably grow yourself your very own food belly.
Best exercise to fix: Cardio and weight training
Cardiovascular training is important because it burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time; exercises like running, walking, cycling or dancing are great examples of cardio training.
Weight training helps to increase lean muscle mass, and the more lean muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest. So combining these two forms of exercise will turn your food belly into a 6 pack in no time.
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Fitness professional, studied health and fitness for a large portion of my life , even completed my degree in Sports Science. I am currently based in Barbados and just wanted a platform to be able to share and involve anyone who is interested in health and fitness and might not know where to go or how to begin.