FITNESS // Exercises To Banish Muffin Top
All Women Stalk have whipped together this inspiring collection of The 50 Best Exercises To Banish Muffin Top. If the full list is a little intimidating, why not get started with our selection of The Top 15 below…
1. TWIST TOE-TOUCHES
2. YOGA STRETCHES
Yoga is good for several reasons. It aids in flexibility, it works your core muscles, and it allows you to do cardio-centric exercises without really taxing yourself. All those stretches work the core muscles you need to target in order to give yourself a trim, toned tummy. Yoga is also good for beginning stretches or a cool down after an intensive work out.
3. LEG RAISES
You’d be surprised how beneficial leg lifts are when you’re trying to banish that muffin top. You’ll also be surprised at how many you can do! Lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides. Lift both legs off the ground, keeping them straight, about 6 inches off the ground. Hold for 30 seconds (or as close to 30 seconds as you can!), then slowly lower them. Are your abs burning yet?
For this, you can do either the standard or modified push-up. I know they can be difficult, so if you need to start out on your hands and knees, don’t worry about it. Work up the strength of your arms, and then move on to the standard version. Once you’ve started doing push-ups regularly, you’ll be amazed at how many you can do. Soon you won’t even have to think about doing a modified push-up!
8. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
Mountain climbers are fantastic muffin top exercises, and although they’re simple, they’re very intense. You start out in the same position used for a standard push-up, so you’re basically on your hands and your toes. Once there, pull your right knee in toward your chest, with your foot still resting on the floor. Then you want to jump up and, while you’re in the air, switch your feet, so that when you resume the position, your left knee is against your chest and your right leg is switched out behind you. Repeat this as quickly but as safely as you can for about a minute.
10. WINDMILL TOE-TOUCHES
11. KICK BOXING
Kick boxing is awesome for a variety of reasons. You get your heart going, so there’s your cardio. The best part is that you’re working your entire body. It’s fun, intense, and extremely helpful in working off a muffin top. Plus you’ll look ripped in the bargain! Ask around about possible kick boxing classes, or see if your gym or YMCA offers any classes. Take a friend with you while you’re at it — the two of you can learn together!
12. RESISTANCE TRAINING
Squats are great for several reasons. In addition to helping you work off any love handles, they’ll also tone your butt. I mean for real, you’ll end up with a taut little bubble butt. You’ll get “buns of steel” all on your own. Squats are simple to do and they keep your thighs in good shape as well, so you really can’t go wrong. You can take five minutes each day to do them easily, even if you’re at work.
14. CARDIO IS KEY
Cardio is essential to getting rid of a muffin top. As you’ll see, there are tons of exercises here that are cardio intensive, and they should be a serious focus. When you’re doing serious cardio, you’re not only working off a muffin top and strengthening your core, you’re also doing great things for your body in general, and ensuring that you stay healthy, which is always the most important thing.
15. PERFECT POSTURE