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5 Strength Training Moves to Lose Your Menopause Belly

While you can’t spot-reduce belly fat, a good core and abdominal workout is essential for overall fitness.

Plus, this type of strength training will make your abdominal muscles more prominent once you shed some of that menopause belly. You can’t lose weight from specific places no matter how much you work the muscles in that area.

5 Strength Training Exercises for Your Belly

These great strength exercises will build overall lean body mass while strengthening your midsection and decreasing your menopause belly. You may be surprised to find this doesn’t include lying on a mat doing a bunch of crunches! These are all compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups to burn some serious calories, all while engaging your core.

1. Farmer’s March

The farmer’s march benefits by adding in the extra knee drive and pause on one leg, a whole heck of a lot of extra work are performed at your ankle, knee, and hip (on the standing leg) and throughout your core. Move slowly, take your time, and consider shorter steps to keep your balance.

2. Dumbbell Squat and Press

While this may seem more like a lower body exercise at first glance, this is actually a killer core move. Holding the weight overhead places your center of gravity much higher, making this an intense abdominal workout. The tension in your deep core muscles is also enhanced by keeping your upper body elongated throughout the exercise.

3. Spider-Man Push-Ups

Spiderman Push-ups primarily target the chest, shoulders, and triceps, while also engaging your core and lower body.

4. Curls to Bent Over Rows

The beauty of a bent-over row is that it works your entire back, improving your posture and reducing pain and injury. You recruit your biceps, forearms, and shoulders as well, so you get the best of both worlds working the front of your upper body.

5. Reverse Lunge With Twist

These exercises are great because they are all compound movements that work multiple muscle groups — your back, legs, arms, shoulders, chest, and core are all being targeted. That means you are burning more calories, increasing lean muscle mass, and strengthening your core all at the same time! That also means bye-bye menopause belly!

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