If you’re tired of people teasing you about your potbelly or asking you when the baby is due when you’re not pregnant, then this is for you. Here are four things you can do to avoid such embarrassing potbelly blahs.
Suck it in
If you run regularly but still have a pot, then this advice is particularly for you. You see, all the jiggling and bouncing that your stomach does when you run, weakens your abdominal muscles. So, try to hold your stomach in while you run to help it stay strong. Some runners find that standing up straight instead of slouching while running helps suck it in.
Stretch your hamstrings after you run
Hamstrings are the muscles on the back of your thighs. A tight hamstring can make you develop a slight sway-back and make your potbelly more noticeable. Try this easy stretch:
- Sit on the floor.
- Extend your left leg straight in front of you.
- Place your right foot against the side of your left knee.
- Put both you hands on the lower front part of your left leg.
- Lean forward until you feel the muscles stretch in your left thigh for 30s. Switch legs and repeat.
Don’t eat alot of calories at once
This especially important in the evenings. When you eat and go to sleep, your abdominal muscles relax, making it easy for the food to put pressure on tummy muscles. Also, alot of food in your stomach puts pressure on your stomach muscles and pushes them out.
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Exercise your stomach muscles
When you exercise your stomach, you improve posture and help prevent it from sticking out. Sit ups and pelvic tilts provide great toning for the stomach. Do at least 10 sit-ups a day to exercise the upper abdominals. Also, do at least 10 pelvic tilts a day to exercise the lower abs.
So, fear no more. With a few simple changes, you’ll be able to prevent your stomach from being the target of alot of “pot” shots.