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You can slim your belly while watching TV.
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Excess belly fat jeopardizes your health, as it's linked to health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However, spot-reducing belly fat doesn't work; the only way to slim your midsection is by losing weight from your entire body. In addition to a sensible diet, exercise can help you accomplish this. Even when you can't get to the gym, you can still exercise at home while watching TV.
Home Cardio Routine
The American Heart Association recommends doing 30 to 60 minutes of moderate cardio on most days to burn calories and to lose weight. While watching TV, you can use a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine, if you have one. If you don't own cardio equipment, use body movements to get your heart rate up. For instance, jog in place, do jumping jacks, throw punches and kicks and do butt kicks and knee-highs. Other alternatives include doing an aerobics DVD or doing game-based fitness using a gaming console.
Stimulate Muscle Tissue
Experts recommend strength training at least twice a week. This can help reduce belly fat because the muscle tissue you gain boosts your resting metabolism, making you burn calories even when you're not moving. While watching TV, perform body-weight exercises, or use soup cans or water bottles for resistance. For example, do lunges, pushups, squats, crunches, shoulder presses, triceps kickbacks, chest presses, triceps dips and bent-over rows. In addition to your abs, target your other major muscle groups ,including your chest, back, legs, arms, hips and shoulders.
Target Your Abs
Although abdominal exercises won't reduce belly fat, they do strengthen and shape your muscles under the fat. When your excess belly fat reduces, your muscle definition will become visible. Work your abs in all planes of motion while watching TV. For instance, perform bicycle crunches and side planks for your obliques at the sides of your waistline, basic crunches and front planks for your rectus abdominis at the front of your waist, and reverse crunches for the lower part of your rectus abdominis, or your lower abs. Commercial breaks are ideal to quickly target your abs.
Eating Healthy Foods
It takes a deficit of 500 calories a day to lose 1 pound a week. In addition to exercise, your diet also contributes to this. Eating smaller portions, comparing food labels and making healthy food choices can have a big impact. For instance, avoid munching on chips and soda while watching TV, and snack on air-popped popcorn and water instead. Limit saturated fat, and emphasize reduced-fat dairy, lean protein, veggies, whole grains and fruits.