Cardio is good for your heart! Are you killing the cardio, but still not seeing many results elsewhere, like your belly? Well you won’t. You need to combine cardio and strength training in order to start building those muscles. Having muscle actually helps burn more calories during a workout, especially during weight training.
My goal was to have #absbyjanuary starting maybe around July or so. Anyway, January has arrived and while I have made progress those pesky little muscles in my belly still aren’t popping out as much as I would like.
Well I read something on Pinterest about the 11 reasons you aren’t getting rid of that belly fat. Some were well known like you are getting older and eating too many processed foods. Maybe you aren’t sure what processed foods are? Stay away from the white bread, crackers, and chips. Personally, chips are my weakness. I would choose chips over cookies (I think). Are you craving something sweet? Try eating something packed with protein instead like a hard boiled egg or greek yogurt. Always eat more fruits and vegetables! They are easy snacks on the go.
One I found interesting was that you are eating the wrong fats. We are in a society obsessed with eliminating fat when we should be eating the good fats. What are some good fats we should be consuming? Get on the avocado train!! Add it to a smoothie to make it creamier or mix up some simple guacamole with red onions, diced tomatoes, a pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic. You can put it on anything! Start mixing in walnuts and sunflower seeds into salads or oatmeal. Eat more fish and less meat and dairy products which are high in saturated fat. Eating fats should still be done in moderation though because it can lead to increased calorie consumption, so tread carefully!
Get in the gym and sweat!! If you go in there for anything other than to improve yourself–go home. I get it, some workouts you just aren’t super into but at least you are there. I have that at least once every two weeks. It happens! We get busy, but at least get in there. On the days you are feeling the gym work that much harder. SWEAT! No one is going to care about how much you are glistening. Sometimes I feel like the sweatiest person in the gym, but I also feel like a bad ass so it all evens out.
Try switching up what you do first: cardio or weights. I find I like cardio first, but on some days I find myself doing a quick warmup with some jumping exercises and running in place then hit the weights before heading over to the cardio machines. I just like working up that sweat first. Something I heard years ago in a gym was to switch up your cardio during your workout too, for example do 20 minutes of cardio on three different machines. Also try implementing some interval training into your routine. This is something I’m trying to work on. I’ve been pinning ideas like crazy about these.