Helpful tips for blowing the belly

While more Malaysians are adopting better habits for good health, many are finding that they have problem areas where they cannot get the fat to shrink.

Raise your hand if you’re one of the millions who find themselves with a stubborn layer of fat around their waist?

It’s frustrating that even though you may be putting effort into your diet and trying to exercise more, sometimes it feels impossible to reduce the fat around your belly, especially when you want to look good for the holidays.

With an active lifestyle, there are many steps you can take to help you become or keep it stylish all over the place.

Breaking the fat loss myth

I am sorry to say that there is no such thing as spot reduction.

We don’t choose where our body stores fat and then remove it from the target areas when we decide we don’t want it.

It’s a frustrating fact, but hundreds of sit-ups and stomach crunches alone won’t help you instantly lose that spare tire.

The good news is that by diet and exercise together, you can burn off excess fat.

Follow these 3 tips to break belly fat and your spare tire will shrink soon.

Three simple tips to reduce the appearance of belly fat

Here are three tummy trimmers that can help you de-stress and take control of your figure.

First tip: Make time to be active

Although you can’t just reduce and target a flabby belly, you shouldn’t discount the benefits of general exercise.

If you can find time for one physical activity each day, you’ll soon find yourself stretched all over.

You’ve likely heard this before, but being active and getting physically fit is also a great way to reduce stress in your life.

Exercise can give you a time-out and help you re-prioritize.

Better yet, the time you spend working out is the time you can’t eat!Deep breathing brings a host of health benefits including reducing stress.Deep breathing brings a host of health benefits including reducing stress.

Second tip: Take a deep breath

Practice conscious breathing by inhaling through your nose and allowing the air to expand in your belly, then exhaling through your mouth.

Taking five to ten conscious breaths can calm your mind and give you a rejuvenating time-out.

Don’t let stress creep in and leave you feeling groggy by the end of the day; This may lead to comfort eating.

Try this breathing technique as often as you can remember (try writing yourself a sticky note).

Take the time to think about your body and how you want it to look.

This technique may help you avoid the donut or reprioritize a trip to the gym.

Tip 3: Pull your shoulders back and your stomach in

Schedule a stretching break instead Teh Tariq rest time.

You can do stretches and simple exercises from the comfort of your office chair or while you’re on the phone.

Try pulling your stomach while sitting or standing for 30 seconds at a time, and you will strengthen your core abdominal muscles.

If you have a minute (I’m sure you do!), take a moment to stand up straight, pull your shoulders back and take a long walk.

Improving your posture can help make you feel more alert and in better shape.

While there are no quick fixes, you will immediately feel better if you start exercising, take control of yourself and take the time to think about yourself.

Whatever your problem area—whether it’s a wobbly belly, thundering thighs, or a double chin—with a consistent exercise routine and some patience, you can improve your physique.

Samantha Clayton is Vice President of Sports Performance and Fitness Education at Herbalife Nutrition. For more information, email starhealth@thestar.com.my. The information provided is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. the star makes no warranties about the accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness, or other representations relating to the content appearing in this column. the star disclaims all liability for any loss, property damage, or personal injury incurred directly or indirectly from reliance on this information.

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