Muffin-top days well and truly numbered

Tue, Aug 21, 2012, 01:00

Grit out some sit-ups or stomach crunches. I am a fan of the old-school sit-up but there are lots of variations on the theme and a simple Google search will come up with all sorts and some will have videos to help you get them right.

Exercise: How to sit-up: Lie down with your legs spread to about shoulder-width apart, knees bent and feet on the floor. Put your hands by your ears and elbows out to the sides – your hands are not supposed to pull you up at all, your core is. Look straight ahead, chin off your chest to keep your neck relaxed (you don’t want to be developing neck muscles – it’s not a good look).

Place the small of your back into the floor and using your core, breathe in and lift your shoulders, neck and head off the ground to about 30 degrees, hold for a second or two and then breathe out and return to the starting position. Easy. Repeat up to 20 times if you are able. But don’t overdo it.

If you have never done a sit-up before, this may prove difficult, so don’t try to run before you can walk. The key to this exercise is smooth slow movements where all the effort is felt in your abdomen.

Be realistic. Healthy women are not meant to have entirely flat stomachs. Some fat is necessary to protect our reproductive organs.

Since all this “ab flashing” during the Olympics there is not a woman among us who has not despaired of their middle and its distinct lack of six-packed tone in comparison. But these are elite athletes. Which means they are super human.

The reason celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna have similarly perfect abs is because they are probably doing a million sit-ups a day while personal trainers inject green tea into their thighs.

Be honest about your diet. Eat less crap and drink more water. This will have that muffin deflating instantly.

The Grit Doctor says:

Muchos muffins maketh a muffin top: Eat less. Move more. Sit up straight. Do stomach crunches.

Ruth Field is the author of Run Fat Bitch Run. Tweet your running query to Ruth at: @gritdoctor.

See also: irishtimes.com/bodyandsole

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