Weight loss: 4 Pilates moves for a flat belly.
Pilates can be an effective way to tone and strengthen your core muscles, which can help to create a flatter, more defined belly. Here are four Pilates moves that can be helpful for weight loss and creating a flat belly:
The Hundred: Lie on your back with your legs in a tabletop position (knees bent at a 90-degree angle) and your arms by your sides. Lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the mat and pump your arms up and down as you inhale for five counts and exhale for five counts. Repeat for 10 sets, or 100 pumps.
Rolling Like a Ball: Sit on your mat with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold onto your shins and roll back onto your shoulders, then roll back up to a seated position. Repeat for 8-10 repetitions.
Criss-Cross: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your hands behind your head. Lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the mat and twist your torso to the right, bringing your left elbow towards your right knee. Then twist to the left, bringing your right elbow towards your left knee. Repeat for 8-10 repetitions on each side.
The Teaser: Sit on your mat with your legs extended in front of you and your arms reaching towards your feet. Roll your spine down onto the mat, then lift your legs and arms up towards the ceiling, balancing on your sit bones. Hold for a few breaths, then roll back up to a seated position. Repeat for 5-8 repetitions.
These Pilates moves can help to engage your core muscles and create a flatter, more toned belly over time. However, it's important to remember that a healthy, balanced diet and regular cardiovascular exercise are also important components of weight loss and overall health.