The abdomen is one of the most fat-prone areas in our bodies, it tends to absorbs calories at a faster rate than what is removed through training.
In fact many exercisers complain that when other parts of their body lose weight and change positively, belly fat almost always stays the same.
Luckily, there’s a solution to this problem in the name of Pilates. This technique doesn’t only fast-track fat loss process but also tones up stomach linings with abs.
There are many routines that one can adopt under this program such as Leg Circles, Seated Side Swirls, the Scissor, Roll Up, Extension and the Hip Flexion. These workouts are extremely helpful in strengthening/tightening core muscles, it’s recommendable for one to start small within the first few days till enough stamina is gained and then increase tempo accordingly with time.
For the best results while performing Pilates, hold your core tight while pulling up the belly button towards your spine. Maintain this position for extended periods of time so that your body can burn fats faster.
For sitting exercises, try the balloon ball instead of a regular chair so as to keep the abdominal muscles supple and active throughout your training session. As for those who are employed in offices, they can take a short 2 hr break from their daily routine to perform some light stretching or alternatively go for a brisk walk. This helps in keeping the abs busy and prevents absorption of lipids.
As much as Pilates can help one lose calories fast, it would still be difficult for one to maintain the desirable body shape if a proper diet plan is not followed. Trainers should endeavor to take lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains and proteins while at the same time avoiding greasy desserts that are high in trans-fats and sugars. Furthermore, drink at least 6 glasses of fresh water per day as it helps in breaking down belly lipids into soluble matter that can easily be absorbed into the blood stream.
This technique isn’t all about physical rigors but total relaxation as well, which can be achieved through controlled breathing techniques. When you’re stressed out, the body releases a chemical known as Cortisol which gets stored inside the fat tissues. If left unchecked this phenomenal can result to stubborn stomach fats, which are quite difficult to shed. Deep meditation and yoga can also be incorporated to Pilate inhalation techniques to relieve stress.
Professional dancers and acrobats have recently taken to Pilates as a fast and efficient way of keeping fit, it helps in improving coordination and body movements which are essential in the respective careers. With time one naturally gains the ability to flow by using proper transitions, and once precision is achieved trainers are expected to add strength and stamina to their graceful movements.
In Pilates’ breathing, posterior lateral inhalation technique is what’s applied. The practitioner is expected to take a deep breath right into the sides of his rib cage, and meticulously exhale while noting how the abdominal and pelvic surface muscles engage. When this breathing practice is coordinated with delicate movement as is the case with acrobatics, one would develop the strength to withstand difficult performances without breaking a sweat.