A smaller waistline is one of the main goals of fitness enthusiasts. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, it provides several health benefits as well. Study says that abdominal fat pose risks to your health. Exercise such as Pilates can help you get a leaner, flatter stomach.
Big Belly, Big Problems
Belly fat plays a very active role in the body, releasing hormones and other substances. The particular hormones that the belly fat releases activate your body’s stress response, which increases blood pressure, blood sugar and risk of heart disease. It also increases the risk of having a stroke due to high blood pressure.
The problem with belly fat is that it is not limited to the layer of padding underneath the skin. It also includes visceral fat, which lies deep inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs. Excess visceral fat can be harmful due to its location near the portal vein, which carries blood from the intestinal area to the liver, where they can affect the production of blood lipids. Visceral fat is directly linked with higher total cholesterol and bad cholesterol, lower good cholesterol and insulin resistance. A study found that visceral fat is far more dangerous than having a total BMI in obese range.
Stop Doing Sit-Ups
A bigger belly is not inevitable, and a healthy lifestyle can help. You may think sit-ups can do the trick, however, it is not really a solution to the big belly problem. Sit-ups make a good exercise if you want to create a six-pack and good to do regardless of goals, however it does not necessarily build a smaller waist. When you do a sit-up, your stomach muscles would just harden, but hardening outwards. The result is you would get a firm potbelly.
Start Doing Pilates
Pilates is a great option if you want to achieve a smaller waistline, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle. It works all of your abdominal muscles including those in your six-pack, waist and deep muscles. It creates not just smaller waist and washboard stomach, but also good posture and healthier body.
Making the waist smaller is not the main objective of Pilates. However, it can help you trim your waistline. Pilates aims to strengthen your body and improve your flexibility.
To obtain a smaller waistline, remember that it is not all about the six-pack. The obliques are forgotten about where they actually do so much. Without them, you would not be able to twist, bend to the side or shake your hips.
Combined with lifestyle modification, Pilates can give better results in trimming your waistline as it improves your postural alignment while strengthening and defining your external obliques.
The benefit of exercising for smaller waistline is to achieve and maintain an hourglass figure. Great health cannot be overlooked.