After the age of 50 some belly fat is considered normal, since our metabolism slows down. When excess belly fat increases, however, is best to take action for your own health’s sake.
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Why is Belly Fat So Evil?
Belly fat is called visceral fat because it builds up around you viscera where important organs, like the stomach and the intestines are located. Visceral fat releases toxins that affect your body according to Samuel Dagogo, MD, president of the American Diabetes Association. Those toxins include cytokines, which are associated with insulin problems and increased risk of colon, oesophageal and pancreatic cancer.
A healthy diet rich in fiber and lower in meat consumption is essential to get rid of that belly fat. Unfortunately, healthy eating alone is not enough. Exercise plays an important role to strengthen the benefits of a lean diet.
Yoga to the rescue
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga has been around for thousands of years. It is a complete psychical and mental workout that provides a number of benefits, including improved muscle strength, a stronger spine, weight loss, increased blood flow and relaxation. Yoga is an effective and fun way to lose belly fat, especially if the program is tailored toward women like Yoga burn for Women.
I’ve compiled the five most effective poses that every yogi, should be practicing regularly to keep that waist line trimmed. As with any physical activity, please consult your physician prior to starting any practice.
1.Child’s pose (Balasana)
Balasana relaxes the muscles of the abs and stretches the back. I suggest to do this exercise at the beginning, together with the High Lunge Pose as is a great way to warm up, get in the zone and relax your abdominal muscles in order to work out more effectively.
2. High Lunge Pose (Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana)
I could not imagine a yoga practice without a high lunge! This pose helps strengthen the abdominal muscles, opens your hips and forces more blood through your entire system.
3. Upside-Down (Viparita Karani )
Upside down forces your abs and lower back to work hard because of the reverse position. Hold this pose for at least 10 seconds and repeat 5 times. As you progress, increase your sets and your repeats.
4. Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana)
This pose strengthens the whole upper body and forces the abdominals to tighten up.
Hold the Plank pose for at least 15 seconds, repeat 5 times.
5. Boat Pose (Naukasana)
A very powerful exercise that will target your lower abs effectively. Hold the position for at least 10 seconds, repeat 5 times.
A combination of these five effective poses along with healthier eating habits will help you keep that waist line in check. As you progress, increase your sets and your repeats.