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How To Reduce Belly Fat…The Easy Way

Let me be clear about this and say it as simple as possible…..

You CANNOT spot reduce fat!  In other words, if you want to lose belly fat, doing sit ups and crunches will NOT give you a small midsection!
Let's face it folks, when you're over 45 years old, this whole "I can do a 2 hour workout at the gym" thing just isn't as sexy as it was when you were 25 years old.

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But, at the same time, you have learned to be more efficient with things in our life at this age as opposed to the younger you, right?
I'm here to tell you we can all be more efficient with this "reduce belly fat" thing as well.
Remember, we ALL have a six pack in our midsection, but it's mostly covered up with that unwanted fat.
So the question then is, "how do I get rid of the fat in the most efficient way possible?"
Let me see if I can explain this in simple terms. (I like to keep things simple)

In order for this to make sense, you may need to change your mindset just a tad.  In other words, instead of focusing on doing mid section exercises, focus on total fat body fat loss. Get it?
I'm going to outline a thought process that, hopefully, will make sense and could be labeled in the "more efficient" category, sound good?

The First Thing Is:

Understanding that your body is ALWAYS burning energy.  When your body burns energy, it's actually burning calories.
Here's the rub though, the older you get, the less energy your body burns while you're resting.
Now granted, it isn't all age.  As I've stated quite a bit….LIFE HAPPENS!  With this comes things like…..stress!
Also, let's not kid ourselves, we don't move as much as we did when we were younger.  We like our "quiet time" and our "beer time" too, which all comes into play with this energy use thing.
I say this because now our metabolism is used to all this Life Happens stuff, so we have to consciously make a change to fool it into using more energy.
To do this leads to…..

The Second Thing:

Figure out how to burn more energy/calories while you sit on the couch.
And, here's a bit of trivia for you: Every pound of muscle you add to your body, your body uses up to 50 more calories a day while at rest.
So, we just need to figure out how to add more muscle to your body is all.  Simple, right? 
What happens when you add more muscle?  You lose more fat……..WHILE YOU'RE RELAXING.
Think about it, how would you like to reduce the fat around your arms, in your legs, maybe in your butt, and AROUND YOUR WAIST?
And what happens when that fat reduces and melts away?  Your muscles start to show more and more!
Remember when you used to show off the "guns"?  Well, with this reduction of fat, the "gun show" will come back in town baby!

Think about this for a minute, and I'm showing off that Saint Joseph's College Mathematics Degree here…
if adding one pound of muscle burns and extra 50 calories a day just when sitting around, how much does two pounds of muscle burn?  100 calories!
So, you literally burn an extra 700 calories a week, just when you're relaxing!  Now THAT'S some math I can enjoy! 

 

The Third Thing:

How do you add that 2 lbs of muscle?
Believe it or not, it's easier than you think.  AND, 30 minutes a day, 4-5 times a week is all you'll need.  But I'm talking a good solid 30 minutes of some sort of exercise, not doing one set of something and resting for 5 minutes.
Remember how I talked about that efficiency thing earlier? 
Well, it REALLY comes into play now.
There has been all kinds of science showing how a good solid 30 minute workout can add muscle to your body just as a 90 minute workout can, but we'll save that for another time.

The purpose of this writing was to get you thinking in a different way, about how your body works and yes, how you can reduce that belly fat too!

I get into the "How to be more fit and healthy after age 45" thing in more detail with a video.  You can view it at www.TopFitnessStrategies.com/fit

Just click that link and give it a listen.  Hey, you never know, it may trigger something and you'll say "Yeah, that makes sense!"   Now, just click and listen!

What Can You Do With Your Body?

The human body is actually quite impressive. All the things it can do is nothing short of a miracle. But, for purposes of this writing, we'll stick with the physical stuff, ok?

The human body can run, jump, stretch, flex, bend….just to name a few things. So what does that mean for you?

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Simply put, if you truly do understand the power the human body has, then you would know it is important to develop and improve those traits as much as possible.

Workout To Achieve D.O.M.S.!!!!

For the people that have never worked out and decided to start, they don't know what they are in for!  But, I will give some indication as to what to be ready for.

The main thing one has to realize is that when you start working out after a lay off (or maybe just have never started to begin with), you use muscles in a way you probably don't do every day.  When this happens, the muscles say "hey, what in the world just happened?  I'm not used to doing that movement.  Guess I'll have to start adapting." 

Yes, you'll feel tired when you're doing with the workout, but the real "soreness" may not happen for a day or two after you do the workout.  This "soreness" is commonly referred to as "DOMS", which stands for: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  If you've experienced this, you'll know that it's a good soreness, as I like to call it.  This is what you WANT to feel after a workout.

I call it a giggly-pain soreness.  It's the type of pain you laugh at, like the day after doing squats your leg muscles are sore when you try to get up from a seating position and you giggle about it.   It's not the ouch-pain that's just an outright sharp pain.  If you've experienced it, you'll know the difference.

Once a new person experiences this feeling, they don't like it (because it's so different) and therefore, they may feel they did something wrong with the exercise and decided to stop working out. 

My advice is to NOT STOP working out!  The DOMS are what you WANT to feel!  Now, just so you know, one thing you do NOT want to do is STOP WORKING OUT!  Oh sure, you may want to wait a couple of days to repeat that particular exercise or series of exercises, but please do NOT STOP WORKING OUT!  Do something different, a totally different body part for your next workout, but keep moving forward!

Your goal, as a new workout person, is to achieve this DOMS feeling with every workout.  No I'm not crazy, I'm just telling you like it is.  I personally like it what I get DOMS, it tells me I'm doing something right for my body.

Once you experience it, you may not like it the first time, but once you understand that DOMS are from accomplishing something, you'll be looking forward to them! 

Now, go out there and work for those DOMS!