As a formal professional athlete in track and field, I can tell you that a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything you do. Not sure if you know my event… My event was one of the most difficult distance (400 meters). You must possess strong core to perform at a higher level. Here is me running the (2nd leg ) relay for my country at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic. Here is the Video: http://youtu.be/-VcOkBouHr0
A lot of times we feel “big” in the middle, not because of fat (thankfully!), but because of what’s going on in our stomach. Keeping our digestive system happy, especially avoiding bloat, can go a long way in helping us look and feel slimmer.
Here are a few tips to ban bloat:
- Use herbs such as basil, dill, ginger, fennel, and mint – all of these herbs have gas-relieving properties.
- Introduce fiber-rich food gradually – fiber is great, but if you are not used to a fiber-rich diet and suddenly eat a lot of fiber-rich food, your GI tract will act up.
- Cook beans properly – soak beans for at least four hours, and use spices or kombu to improve digestibility.
- Notice how your body reacts to vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage.
- Look for potential food intolerance (e.g., lactose or gluten) – if your body cannot digest and assimilate these properly, they can cause gas.
- Yoga poses, such as twisting, can help relieve gas – these poses stimulate the movement of the smooth muscles of the intestinal walls and help “move things along”.
Reduce Fluid Retention
You can easily gain 3–5 pounds, and a dress size around the waist, if you are experiencing water retention. For most women, hormonal fluctuation is the main cause of fluid retention. Although you may not be able to get rid of all the fluids that Mother Nature imposes on you, there are a few things you can do to minimize the “impact”:
- Stay hydrated
- Reduce salt intake
- Reduce sugar intake
- Reduce toxic load and detox regularly
- Use herbs with diuretic properties, such as dandelion greens, uva ursi, corn silk, alfalfa, stinging nettle, celery seeds and parsley
- Use the sauna to help relieve stored water
Facilitating elimination can help get rid of “dead weight” that is bogging you down. It also helps to reduce your toxic load, which can cause you to hold onto excess weight.
Here are a few things you can do to help “move things along”:
- Drink fresh carrot and apple juice to aid colon detox
- Drink a cup of warm water with two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, first thing in the morning – it is very alkalinizing and cleansing
- Exercise regularly – movement helps peristalsis
- Ensure adequate intake of dietary fiber – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, flaxseed, wheat bran, and psyllium husk.
Lastly, you must incorporate effective core strength workouts. This is where many people miss out. They do what I call “ouches” (Crunches) all day long and no results. We are having a Core Strength Workshop on March 15, 2014 at 10 am. Register here to reserve your spot.