Is there extra or unwanted fat around your belly making you feel embarrassed? Are you ready to do something to achieve a flat and trim stomach? Abdominal, or visceral fat, is the most dangerous kind.
For women, a waist size of more than 35 inches (89 centimeters) is a sign of unhealthy fat around the belly and can put you at risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Here are some things you can do:
• Stretch and crunch
People often make the mistake of jumping into an abdominal workout without stretching, which makes you do almost all the work with your hips and back; the stressed area around the core muscles makes it hard for them to activate.
Before you do crunches, put a foam roller in the center of your back, touching the edge of your shoulder blades, stretch your back over the roller, arms up. Repeat until your back feels loose.