What Flat Abs Mean For Heart Health
Your waistline may be sending you an important message. Multiple studies have shown that abdomen fat is a predictor of a person’s risk for heart disease.
But how much belly fat is too much? Try this 10-second string trick…Cut a string to the length of your height, and then fold it in half and wrap it around your waist. If the ends of the string overlap, then your waist is less than half of your height…right where you want to be! If the string is snug, you’re not alone. In fact, two-thirds of all women are affected by abdominal obesity. If you’re a woman, you fall in this category if you have a waistline of more than 35 inches. For men, abdominal obesity is defined as a waistline of more than 40 inches.
The good news is, you can reduce abdomen fat very quickly with interval training.
Interval training refers to the extra energy and intensity added to a workout, usually in quick spurts. Say you’re jogging along at a moderate, comfortable pace, but then for the next 30 seconds, you run at a full sprint before dropping back into a comfortable pace (called a recovery period). Then you repeat the pattern for several minutes.
That short burst of extra effort is an interval, and while it doesn’t last very long, it creates very positive results. This style of exercise has been the needle-mover for millions of women on their journey through weight loss.
Research also indicates that shorter, more intense workouts might be better for heart health. The heart is a strong muscle and is constantly working, so, naturally, it needs recovery periods. For most non-athletes, endurance exercise for long periods could prompt your heart to work harder than it does during short-yet-intense exercise. The intermittent activity seems to be a better fit for how the heart naturally functions.
As if that’s not enough to convince you of the connection between interval training and heart health, there’s evidence that interval training promotes production of HDL, the good cholesterol. HDL levels greater than 60 mg/dL help lower your risk for heart disease.
Of course, if you have any history of heart problems, always check with your physician before starting a fitness program. But once you have the go-ahead, my Heart Healthy kit can start you down the road to flatter abs and a stronger heart. Get started today with this 4-minute interval from my Total Body Turnaround DVD
The Heart-Healthy Kit Includes…
- Mind-body practices have a powerful influence on your heart health! The Yoga Sculpt routine will reduce cortisol levels to significantly improve your heart health.
- The American Heart Association recommends strength training as a way to reduce your risk of heart disease. The Lift Weights To Lose Weight strength training routine helps you lose visceral fat — the most dangerous type when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger if you live an active life. The Total Body Turnaround cardio workout makes your heart work more vigorously to lower your blood pressure, reduce LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and boost your HDL (“good” cholesterol).
- Designed for any fitness level!