Working hard to lose fat but you just can’t lose that stubborn fat on your tummy? Here’s a little secret…When you sit all day----as almost all of us do----your butt muscles turn off. This causes your hip bone to tilt forward which puts stress on your back—causing, yes, lower back pain—but it also pushes your belly out. So you look like you have a gut, even if you don’t have an ounce of fat! This is also the case if you are spending a lot of time in spinning classes which are a huge culprit for tightening the hip flexors and creating this pooch. I talk about this in The Female Body Breakthrough: The Revolutionary Strength-Training Plan for Losing Fat and Getting the Body You Want and include an exercise that will help fix that!
The hip extension and all you need is your bodyweight. This exercise will stretch out your hip flexors, engage your core and switch on your butt muscles which will lead to your hips getting into the right position flattening out your pooch!
Position: Lie on your back on the ground, arms outstretched at 90 degrees from the body. Bend one knee so the foot is flat on the floor as it would be in a sit up.
Movement: Keeping the other leg straight and in line with the trunk at all times, drive down with the bent knee foot, causing the body to lift. The top of the movement is when the straight leg is in line with the thigh of the bent knee, which is about a 45 degree position. Make sure the body is straight at this point and both hips are even.
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