You’ve probably heard the saying about food, “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” Sadly, this phrase can seem all too true if you can no longer pull your favorite jeans up over your hips. In addition, exercise, diet, and wishful thinking don’t help your body lose weight from one area while keeping another area pleasingly rounded. That said, there are changes you can make to your exercise routine and eating habits that can help you pull up those jeans once more. These changes can help you fuel your body, feel energetic, and even take some extra weight off those hips.
11. Get Your Heart Rate Up
If you want to burn off those extra pounds, you are going to have to get up and get your heart rate going. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends adults engage in 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes to 2.5 hours of high-intensity exercise per week. Moderate exercise includes activities like brisk walking, water aerobics, slow bicycling, or dancing. Vigorous exercise refers to exercises such as running, jogging, swimming laps, hiking uphill, jumping rope, and aerobic dancing. Remember that when the calories you burn exceed the calories you consume, it will have an effect on your entire body.
10. Exercise Your Core
Your core muscles are the muscles of the trunk of your body and pelvic area. Keeping these muscles strong helps prevent injury to other muscles when exercising. A strong core helps with balance and stability as well as providing strength for daily activities. Weak core muscles can lead to poor posture, weakness, and fatigue. The best thing about core exercises is that they don’t require any equipment or a fancy gym membership. The Mayo Clinic lists planks, sit-ups, and bridge exercises as simple ways to exercise your core muscles at home.