Fun core methods for losing love handles

A strong set of stomach muscles are one of the best and easiest ways to fight off unwanted belly fat. Often people can be in fairly good shape but have tummy fat that they just can’t seem to be able to shift. Thankfully if you’re one of these people there is hope on the horizon.

The first thing to do is to avoid things like ab belts that promise to strengthen your core muscles by sending electrical impulses that make your ab muscles tighten. This is a fad product playing up to peoples hope that now work is needed. If you could just sit there on your sofa, drinking beer and eating burgers whilst your ab belt pulsated the pounds off you the world would be a better place. That is, obviously, a pipe dream that marketing companies play off.

Swiss ball / exercise ball

One piece of equipment however that really will help you shed the pounds is called a swiss ball. It’s also sometimes called a fit ball or an exercise ball. It was first introduced by back therapists but has since become one of the most popular fitness products in the world. Why? Because it works.

The beauty of the exercise ball is that you don’t need an expensive gym membership to use one. Most sports retailers sell them for less than forty bucks and all you need is around six foot spare space to get the best out of it.

The exercise ball will enable you to strengthen those core underlying muscles and provide a barrier against fat. This is not to say a healthy diet program is not needed. The fact of the matter is for the best results you must incorporate a healthy diet with a simple exercise program if you want to lose weight and create the ideal you.

One easy and convenient use of the exercise ball comes from just sitting on it. That’s right. You can sit down and build muscle. When doing this you use numerous muscles through your core to stabilise yourself from falling off of it. By merely sitting on your exercise ball for thirty minutes a day you will notice a change in your core within a few weeks. Sit and watch tv, read a book, anything you want.

Stretching and relaxation techniques

Stretching and relaxation techniques such as yoga and Pilates are another superb core workout. You can buy DVD’s on the subjects or even take a local class. These methods are often seen as for “hippies” and and new age spiritualists. However many people fail to understand just how good these are for getting into shape.

Fat loss with yoga and pilates

From a fat loss perspective Pilates and yoga have both one major advantage. They help your body to increase its production of endorphins which counter the effects of stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol increases the creation of belly fat.

Many people think that to have a flat stomach you need to work hours in the gym. The truth is that a simple healthy diet, coupled with a simple exercise program such as sitting on an exercise ball or actively getting involved in something like yoga or Pilates can get you the results you want.

Don’t look as weight loss as a chore. Go out there and have some fun with it. Not only will it keep you healthy but it may just turn into a fantastic hobby for yourself.

Courtesy of Jon Pankhurst

Jon Pankhurst dedicated his life to helping people around the world combat weight loss and fitness problems. His research has led him to finding one proven weight loss program that is being used with great effect across the world. To get a trial of it, and lose weight without any diet or fitness plan visit

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