Loose saggy skin is a common problem after weight loss, don’t worry there are many natural ways to tighten skin. First of all, do not lose your weight very fast. Dropping a lot of weight at one time can be bad for you, not just for your health, but in general, it can make your skin sag. One of the ways to tighten skin after weight loss is to lose your weight gradually.
There are a number of toning exercises that can help tighten skin on your belly after a significant weight loss. Extra loose skin is common after losing a large amount of weight and belly fat is always tough to get rid of. The good news is that there are toning exercises that along with eating a healthy diet and performing cardiovascular exercise can help you burn that extra flab and tighten skin on your belly.
Remember that if you suddenly start exercising all of a sudden, you are bound to suffer from a muscle cramp, hence you must prepare your body and all the muscles for a strenuous workout session by performing warm-up and conditioning sessions. Start with some simple warm-up exercises like the ones listed down below:
- Spot jump
- Jogging in the spot
- Bending your body forward and backward alternatively
- Short breathing exercises
- Turn your head sideways
After a 10-minute small warm-up session dive try out the exercises listed down below to tone your abs naturally at the comfort of your home:
1. Legs Up Straight Arm Crunch
This exercise will help tone your upper abs and can be performed using a dumbbell to make it more challenging. Lie flat on your back with your legs up at a 90 degree angle from the floor. With your arms straight (hold a dumbbell if you desire), curl your shoulders and upper back off the floor using your abs while pulling your arms up towards the ceiling. Hold for a second; then slowly lower your shoulders and back down toward the floor. Keep your arms straight and legs up during the entire exercise.
2. Air Bike
The air bike is performed lying on your back as well. Place your hands behind your head with your elbows bent and your knees pulled slightly toward you. Using your abs, curl your shoulders up off the floor and pull your right elbow to your left knee until they are touching (or almost touching). Then alternate by pulling your left elbow to your right knee. Continue alternating right to left until you’ve reached the desired number of repetitions.
3. Side Bridge
The side bridge will strengthen and tone your obliques. The exercise is performed lying on your side. Resting your weight on your elbow and forearm, raise your mid-section until your torso and legs form a straight line (sloped upward). Simply holding this position will help tone your abs; hold the position as long as you can.
4. Lying Leg Raises
Lying leg raises will help you tone and tighten the skin around your lower abdominal muscles. Lie flat on your back with your legs straight and up in the air (90 degrees from the floor). Keeping your legs as straight as possible, slowly lower them out in front of you until they are almost touching the floor; then lift them back up to your starting position and repeat.
5. Pelvic Thrusts
Pelvic thrusts will also help tone up your lower abs. As with leg raises, lie on your back with your legs up in the air (90 degrees from the floor). While keeping your legs up, slowly lift your pelvis off the floor and upward using your lower abdominal muscles; then lower yourself back down to the floor and repeat.
6. Bicycle crunch
Spread a yoga mat on the floor and lie on your back. Fold your legs inwards, now stretch out your right leg as if you are peddling in the air as if you are cycling. Repeat the same process with your left leg, repeat this exercise for at least 20 times if you are a beginner. Gradually increase the number of repetitions and your pace as you progress. This will not only tone your abs but also reduce fat from your thighs. However, you should warm up before performing this exercise or else you may suffer from a sudden muscle cramp.
7. Abdominal hold
Take a wooden chair, sit on it, breathe in and breathe out for a while. Then, join your legs and place the palms of your hands on either side. Then lift up your whole body by applying pressure on your palms while remaining seated. Try to lift up by 2-4 inches at one go, hold on to this pose for 5-10 seconds. Repeat this exercise as many times as you can, you may not be able to do it on the first go, but slowly and gradually you will succeed to be persistent with it.
8. Simple leg lifts
This exercise is as simple as it sounds. You can also do it on your bed, yes, you read that right. Alternative, you can spread a yoga mat on the floor, and lie down on your back with your palms resting on both sides. Now, slowly lift your legs vertically and try to bring it closer to your face without bending your knees. If you need some extra support then place your palms under your butt. Then get back to the initial resting position, repeat this exercise for as many times you can, of course, if you are a beginner then do not overstress yourself, increase the speed and repetitions gradually to get toned abs over time.
9. Hanging leg-lifts
Hanging leg lifts may not be suitable for the beginners but if you want a toned body in a very short span of time then this exercise will prove to be highly effective for you in the long-run. To start with, keep a firm grip on an iron bar and start hanging from the bar, after that, fold your knees and lift it up, hold this position for as long as your body allows, and then rest. Repeat this as many times as you can to get the best results.
Just like a warm-up, it is very important to do some conditioning exercises to make sure that your muscles are relaxed. Take a small, slow walk or just lie down flat on your back for a while to end your workout session.
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