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Lockdown: Concentrate on burning fat and building stomach muscles

Use this time in lockdown to work on your tummy. Your future self will thank you.


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Stomach fat is probably one of our biggest enemies. It forms as a result of stored up fat which leads to a larger waist. Stomach fat is usually formed when people become middle-aged, after pregnancy, or if more calories are consumed than burned.

What exactly causes stomach fat?

One of the main causes of belly fat is simply too much eating and too little exercise. It may also be due to ageing. As you get older, your metabolism slows down and your total body fat gradually increases. At this time, women tend to have a higher fat percentage than men.

A bigger waist poses a higher risk

People with more fat around the waist are more likely to develop health problems. Stomach fat can increase your chances of getting heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. 

Get rid of it

It is very important to follow a healthy eating plan.

“You can’t out exercise a bad diet,” says Ansoné Hugo, a Kimberley biokineticist. She also says this is a process that should not be rushed. 

Be patient with yourself and set achievable goals. She suggests combining abdominal exercises with cardio exercises.

“Cardio exercises, such as walking, jogging, rowing or cycling, are the best way to burn fat,” says Hugo.

The idea is to create a new mindset. Eating healthy and exercising should become part of your daily routine. And now, more than ever, is a good time to start a new habit. All of these exercises you can do in your own home. You don’t need to leave your house or go to a gym. You can start now. 

Five exercises that focus on the abdominal and waist area

1. Sit ups

2. Ankle touches

3. Reverse crunches

4. Knee ups 

5. Russian twists

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