Okay, I must confess, my tummy gives me trouble. I don’t know how many times I have found myself in the uncomfortable predicament of declaring that “I am not pregnant!” Really, why would anyone ever ask you that question if there was a possibility that you might not be. I always reply, “No, I’m just fat” which makes things even more awkward. It is by far the biggest problem area of my body. It has shrunk significantly since losing 20 pounds but it still needs some work. I don’t expect at 41, to have rock hard abs since I didn’t have them at 12, however, I do want to tighten things up a bit.
Beyond looking great in your clothes, there are many health benefits to having a tone tummy. Diabetes runs in my family, and I actually had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant. Let me tell you, that is a disease you don’t want and it is one of the main reasons I want to rid myself of excess weight in my core. Did you know that the number one risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes is extra weight. When that extra weight gathers in your middle, like me, it increases your risk factor even more. The reason is because all the fat cradles your organs that regulate your blood sugar and blocks your much-needed insulin production. Check out this article at health.com for more detailed information about your core and diabetes.
In addition to reducing your risk for diabetes, a strong core helps in many other areas too. It can help reduce back pain and make your back stronger. A strong core means great posture. When you have great posture, you are telling everyone that you are a confident strong person ready to take on the world. A tone tummy can help protect your spinal cord, central nervous system and important internal organs as well.
There are so many benefits to eliminating the bulge. Check out this great article at prevention.com by Arthur Agatston. He has some great advice on the benefits a strong core has on your lifestyle and your heart. Want to start now, join my Plank Challenge, it is absolutely FREE and I promise it will provide the motivation you need to start a healthy habit! I’m not a fitness expert, I’m just a girl like you who wants to live healthier. It is simple, we are starting today with 20 seconds a day, everyone can spare that, and working our way up to 4 minutes a day within 27 days. Let me know what routines have worked for you? For me, I really enjoy walking indoors and outside. I have found that the key is to find something you love and move! We only have one life, let’s make it a healthy one.
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