THE THREE BEST MUFFIN TOP EATING EXERCISES

THE THREE BEST MUFFIN TOP EATING EXERCISES

If only eating cake was a way to get trim and fit…but as you’ve probably realised that isn’t what this is about!

If your waist is obscuring rather more of your feet than it should, here are some ways to reduce that hip and stomach bulge.

WHAT IS A MUFFIN TOP?

The cake-like overflow above your trouser waistband is plain old stomach fat. As well as not looking too good, carrying fat around your middle can have health effects. Something needs to be done.

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

First, reveal those muscles with some painless calorie control measures – as always, it is about lifestyle change not short-term dieting.

Now try these three targeted moves:

FOREARM PLANK HIP TWIST

The plank pose is a great move for dealing with wobbly abs. Try this variation of the forearm plank . This exercise is best done wearing trainers, not barefoot.

  1. Get into the forearm plank position:  core tight, feet hip width apart.
  2. Lift hips slightly above shoulders
  3. Dip your right hip towards the floor, using the sides of your feet as a pivot. Hold for a count of five, then return to starting position. Repeat to the left side.

BICYCLE CRUNCH

This version of the stomach crunch is the next item in your muffin-top blasting repertoire. Start by lying on a mat with knees bent and back pressed flat to the floor.

  1. Extend one leg, draw the other knee up towards your chest. Keep lower legs parallel to the floor and control the movement. You are now cycling!
  2. When that is too easy, add the arms; hands on the side of your head and elbows out. Bring each elbow to the opposite knee, making sure the twist is in the obliques. Don’t lace fingers and keep breathing controlled.

Here is the bicycle crunch in detail.

STANDING SIDE BENDS

Work those obliques in any spare moment – although this may attract attention at the bus stop.

  1. Stand tall, feet hip width apart, arms by sides.
  2. Lift your left arm and place your hand behind your head, elbow out. Pull in your abs to tighten your core.
  3. Bend sideways from the waist so that your right arm slides down your leg. Keep your stomach muscles pulled in.
  4. Hold for a short count, straighten and repeat. Then change sides.

To add some difficulty, you can hold a weight in your straight arm.

Do 10 reps of each of these, working up to 3 sets each. The muffin-top will not survive that!

 


The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

Comments

Roger B.
17 June 2016

Roger B.

despite the picture, the muffin top is not just a female issue although men will generally think 'beer belly'. So I'll be doing some of these exercises too.

Sasha B.
16 June 2016

Sasha B.

I think the forearm plank twist is an amazing exercise for baggy bellies. Just a minute for two days in a row and my stomach is aching so much!

Emma C.
15 June 2016

Emma C.

I clicked on this thinking it was muffin recipes! Probably a good thing it wasn't. These exercises are definitely more what I need!

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