I’ve decided to do fitness challenges each month. I’m not able to target specific areas of my body for weight loss, but I can pick areas to tone.
Also, I worry about sagging skin. I’m in my 40s, so I know as I get older, my skin loses its elasticity. Slow weight loss and toning my muscles can help with my skin snapping back.
So this month, it’s the 30-Day Sit Up Challenge. It’s the area of my body where have the most jiggling and the source of major health issues – my big, fat belly!
I know that belly fat brings with it serious health risks – diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Belly fat doesn’t just jiggle around. It churns out hormones and inflammatory junk. Abdominal fat breaks down easily into fatty acids, flowing into the liver and muscles. When they go to the liver, they trigger a chain reaction – increasing bad cholesterol and insulin resistance. When your hit insulin resistance, you gain even more weight. Blood sugars go out of whack. Fats and clots get into the bloodstream.
It’s not a pretty picture!
The nice thing about the 30-Day Sit Up Challenge, it’s just one exercise. The bad thing about the 30-Day Sit Up Challenge, I have to do sit ups.
Right now I can do 20 sit ups. That increases to 35 by the end of the week. At the end of the month, 140 sit ups.
The belly fat battle is one I intend to win!
- How To Avoid Lose Skin During Weight Loss (eHow.com)
- Big Belly, Big Problem: The Dangers Of Belly Fat (Walgreens.com)
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