The stomach area is the hardest area to
lose weight. The reason for this is because you gain weight starting
in your midsection (stomach, hips) going towards the top and bottom of
your body (feet, head).. However, when losing weight, it is the exact
opposite, you lose it in your face and feet first and then toward your
midsection last. A lot of people get discouraged because they do not
see a change but you and/or others will start to notice your face
looking thinner, and your clothes will start to fit a little
The biggest thing is to try not to set
yourself on losing pounds. Muscle weighs more than fat, so even though
doing certain things will help you gain muscle; your weight may not
fluctuate that much because muscle weighs more. Weight is a number
that is focused on too much by many. I think staying away from the
scale is a better idea. Base your results more off of how you feel and
look rather than how much you weight.
To become healthier, you should eat plenty of fruits
and vegetables, and drink plenty of water. Make sure you stay
hydrated this is important to flush out your system. I think though by
doing some slight exercise each day, and eating properly, staying away
from the pop, candy, and other sweets, you can lose some weight. It is
not impossible to get rid of extra tummy flub with proper cardio and
resistance training, but it is a challenge. Eating a proper amount of
fruits and vegetables will keep your body from retaining water, which
is part of the weight.
Exercise and resistance training is huge! There all kinds of good
exercises for the tummy: crunches, with your knees bent and in the
butterfly position to name a few. The butterfly crunches are good to
hit the lower abs. Really you need to do more than just stomach
exercises. General exercise and lifting all upper and lower body
exercises and cardio will help you become healthier and lose weight.
It is easy to get discouraged so just stay with it. Write down your
goals and make a couple copies, this will help it seem more real and
help motivate you more since you can see it rather just have it in
For example, if you are training to run a 5K (3.1 miles) you would want to
train for a little bit longer of a distance. If you run hard for 4-5
miles, you will feel more prepared when you only have to run 3.1 miles
for the race. You will have more left at the end to pick up the pace
which in turn will give you a better time. Running intervals and
proper breathing will help you as well. Sometimes during a race you
need to speed up to pass a person and then slow down to recover.
Intervals will help you be able to recover when you are still running.
Training your body is possible if you stick with it. When you do a hard
workout you need to be able to recover. The day after a hard workout
you should do a longer, slower run. This will help prevent some
soreness and in the future help you recover faster after the next hard
When using a treadmill for speed it is important to maintain safety before
you start a speed training program. You need to use a harness that
attaches to the treadmill and use the safety cut off switch which you
can hook to your shorts. The harness will let your arms have free
movement. You need to have a spotter at the side of the treadmill.
Do your normal warm up routines and stretching exercises before your
start your sprinters workouts on the treadmill. You will need to
practice getting on the surface of the machine while it is running at
a higher speed. If you don't do this but get on at lower speeds you
will be wasting energy, this is for sprinting not jogging to increase
your sprint speeds.