It is almost everyone’s wish that they get to eat whatever they like and yet remain with a flat belly. I mean, who would not wish to have a flat belly?
This would mean that they can wear whatever they like and not feel uncomfortable about their looks.
Belly fat is one of the hardest things to lose. Many people especially women struggle to lose the belly fat without success. They have even resorted to all sorts of methods and “magic pills” that promise to give them those six abs.
What many people don’t know is that belly fats are also associated with the hip flexors.
You may ask yourself how. Well, this is how…
When people spend most of their time sitting down, it may lead to their pelvis tilting forward thus giving a false indication that they have a pooch.
These muscles found on the front side of the hips get short shutting the abdominal muscles. This causes the tilting of the pelvis putting pressure on the back which leads to lower abdominal pains and a protruding belly.
You might be eating all those foods that promise to help you lose weight and even hitting the gym frequently but, if you are not doing the right exercises, then you will only lose your hard earned money.
The #1 Hip Mobility Stretch Mistake
Some exercises that people do actually contribute to them having bigger bellies because they make the hip flexors shorter than required.
These may include: running on the treadmill, crunches, and spinning. If looking at the mirror shows that your pelvis is pushed forward, it means that this is one of the reasons you have a big belly.
There are several flexors stretches exercises and practices that will help you attain your goal of having a flat belly without breaking the bank; loosening your hips.
Here are some such exercises:
Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
You will need to tuck hips under and have one leg forward then lean to the stretch. The leg on the ground should feel the meet with the hip flexors. The knee should however not go beyond the toes while on this stretch. Your head should be up, and the shoulders be leaning back.
This can be done in two ways. You can either choose to put your feet together, and knees spread out, then lay your upper body on the floor between the knees. If you can’t handle the pressure, then switch to the second option where you put both the feet and knees together then lie down with your head on the floor.
Instead of the normal squat, here you have to go all the way down while keeping your feet flat on the ground at the same time. Try to hold this position for at least one minute. If it proves too hard, in the beginning, try holding onto something.
This exercise is super fun. You just have to bring one leg at a time while the other rests flat on the floor. Bring the leg all the way to the chest. The resting leg will also help you to get a static stretch that releases your lower back. Bringing the leg under your armpit will help you with digestion which will in return help in better metabolism and weight loss.
For this exercise, you will have to lie with your face down, and then raise your upper body using your arms or elbows. Stretch as far as you comfortably can then hold the position for five seconds. Try and twist your body either to the left or the right while holding the position for at least five seconds. Then return the body to the original position slowly.
Lying Lower Back Stretches
While lying on your back, make a 90% angle with your knees and get hold of the back of your thighs. Pull your knees towards your shoulders and hold that position for at least 20 seconds.
With your one knee and lower leg on the floor, bend your other leg while firmly placing your foot on the floor; then push your hips forward and hold the position for at least 20 seconds. Make sure that the bent knee doesn’t go past the foot of the same leg. This will help stretch the hip flexor.
The above exercises will help you loosen your hips and in the process lose the belly fat. Performing hip flexor stretches will help reverse the tilting, but it will definitely not help you lose weight.
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