December 3, 2007 3:30pm CST
Ok, I have a mini problem... I want to tone up my tummy, but i have no idea how. I am not unfit (well not totally unfit anyway lol), I don't over eat or eat really bad foods, I am a healthy 9 stone with size 10-12 waist/ dress size... but I am gaining a "little pot belly" which I don't like. Basically my exercise routine has become stale and predictable and my body has gotten way too used to it, so much so that it isn't working for me any more. I walk my dog upto 5 times a day (more for him than me though lol), I also walk almost everwhere, and if I am not walking, I cycle (I can't drive). Any ideas from people would be appreciated, though I don't want to start a really strenuous routiene that will take up half my day/change my diet (as it isn't that bad anyway) or make me muscley (I am a woman, and don't want muscles).
3 Dec 07
Hey there, One thing I'm doing at the moment is stomach crunches and I can do them on my bedroom floor so it isn't like you need any mad equipment or anything lol and I can honestly say they work. I've been doing them now for a few weeks and I can honestly say I see the difference in my tummy (I can actually fit into an old pair of jeans woot!). If you decide to do them, start easy like doing 10-20 for a couple of weeks and then move up to 20-30 and so on and so on and you should see a difference too. hope that helps!
3 Dec 07
thanks for the advice, i will give that a go, i take it you mean "little" sit ups basically (um that's my interpretation of crunches anyway lol). and how often per day, in the morning, at night?? or more often that that?
3 Dec 07
lol you're right, i do mean mini situps and for the first week, do them first thing to get your circulation up and running because once your on the go, your body will keep on burning away the calories etc or so my athletics coach hubby says and I havent seen a reason to dispute it lol. For the first week though, only do them in the morning and then the second week start doing them at night as well and on the third week, push yourself a little harder and see if you can squeeze some more in so that your body begins to work that little bit harder than it did the two weeks previously. If i didnt get that out clear enough feel free to PM and i'll try and untangle my tongue hehe
3 Dec 07
maybe you can get some helpful advice form a gym or something similar.they could probably help you with specific exercises for your tummy area,without making you look like some kind of muscle women.i think i definately need to go as well.good luck
4 Dec 07
Your mini problem is similar to mine and is threatening to become a maxi problem. The tyres started piling up after childbirth. At that time I was way too gone into motherhood to even bother looking at myself in the mirror. The day I woke up, the damage was already done. And now my day is such that it cannot be undone. I am way too tired and stretched looking after child, house & office to even squeeze 15mins for exercise. And even if I have half an hour to myself, I just feel like resting a while. I have given up fighting the bulge but definitely you should read all the responses and try and follow them. exercise does help you to lose belly fat.
3 Dec 07
I've been doing Yoga for 30 years, and I'm in pretty good shape for the shape I'm in. At 74 years of age I'm still enjoying my work, and I haven't had a medical checkup since I started yoga. Yoga is a series of slow stretching movements that stretch and tone your muscles while lubricating and relaxing your joints. There are special Yoga poses for pregnant women that are excellent for natural childbirth. You are never too old to start doing Yoga. At 74 I'm still getting stronger and more flexable. I'm still learning to do some of the advanced asanas. Most cities and towns have a yoga club where you can start taking lessons. Its only necessary to attend one class a week, but once you get started you will want to do it more often. I do it everyday for 45 minutes as soon as I get up. Yoga is equally as good for women, as it is for men.