A ‘spare tire’ seems to be unavoidable as we age, but that is NOT the case. The truth is that if we understand the changes in our metabolism and hormones due to aging, we can stop packing on the pounds around our middles.
Everyone knows someone who has a difficult time losing weight–maybe it’s yourself–and it seems the problem with weight loss just gets harder the older we become. You do everything you can think of to lose those extra pounds like exercising, fad dieting, counting calories, and “those wraps”, but nothing seems to work. You don’t lose pounds and your middle stay the same big or worse–get’s bigger.
Let’s face it–stubborn belly fat is not just ugly, it can also be dangerous to our health. Doctors refer to it as ‘waist roundness’ and it has been linked to pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Did you know the more weight you store around your belly the more likely you are to suffer from a myriad of health related problems?
Studies have linked abdominal fat to a range of other serious diseases, including:
* high blood pressure
* high cholesterol
* heart disease
What can you do to banish belly fat and start to slim down? Yoga can help you with both.
Yoga uses the weight of your own body to give you a good workout. You can develop great abs and a solid core in around 15 minutes of practice each day, and best of all without having to do endless crunches. Just ask our Yoga expert, Ruth Ann Harrison, who will be teaching all about yoga at our 2016 Women’s Wellness Retreat in April (more information below).
You may think that yoga is too simple and gentle to help you lose weight, but along with a healthy diet yoga will help you burn those calories needed to start losing fat around the midsection and all over. You may have read about the obese 40-year-old man from Salt Lake City who lost over 300 pounds in 15 months by practicing yoga. Wow! So whether you’re 400 pounds or you need to lose just a little bit of weight yoga can definitely help you reach your weight loss goals.
Here are the main ways yoga can help banish belly fat:
Good posture is essential for strong muscles. Good abdominal muscles banish belly fat. Whenever you are sitting, walking or standing, check your abs. Engage your core and tighten your stomach muscles and see what a difference it can make to your belly and back. Yoga poses that can help and which you can do almost anywhere include Mountain and Tree, if you don’t raise your arms.
Yoga poses for the abs
Focus on postures that are great for the abs. Try Boat, Plank and Chaturanga.
Yoga poses for the core
Pay special attention to yoga poses that are good for developing a strong core, including Dolphin plank, Side Plank and Donkey Kick.
Calories burned with yoga
All exercise will burn calories. With yoga, you can burn 500 to 800 calories an hour, up to 1,300 calories per 90 minute Bikram class (though this is not recommended for seniors or anyone with a serious health issue). You can easily see why yoga helps to get rid of unsightly body fat.
Muscles rather than fat
As you work your abs, you will develop long, lean muscle and banish belly fat in the process. You will be on the way to a better, healthier you in no time.
A faster metabolism
Long, lean muscle burns calories more efficiently than fat, to help you lose weight quickly. Ever wonder why men tend to lose weight more quickly than women? It’s because of the abundant muscle mass they carry in comparison to their female counterparts. Use yoga to help you build muscle and you too will see an increase in metabolism thereby helping you burn more calories while exercising.
So, if you are tired of looking in the mirror at a spare tire, try yoga and see how fast you can banish belly fat forever. You’ll be proud of yourself and you’ll join the millions who have discovered what yoga can do for you mentally, emotionally, and best yet–physically.
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Women’s Wellness Retreat
You mayalso be interested in our Women’s Wellness Retreat April 29/30 2016 at the Bridgeport Resort and Event Center located just 1.5 hours northwest of Dallas Fort Worth Texas. Come learn tips from experts on clean eating, yoga for mind and body, relationships and communication, and more. You can sign up here: Women’s Wellness Retreat.
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