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6 women over 40 reveal the workouts that finally helped them lose their belly fat​

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 09/07/2018 by Marygrace Taylor

Find out what workouts these 6 women over 40 did that helped them lose their stubborn belly fat.: Workouts that help over-40s lose belly fat © IAN HOOTON - Getty Images Workouts that help over-40s lose belly fat When it comes to shedding stubborn belly fat after 40, there’s some bad news and some good news.

Let’s start by getting the bad news out of the way: to achieve a slimmer stomach, you have to be active. There’s no way around it, folks.

The good news is that there are lots of ways to add more fitness into your life. When we asked six different women to share the workouts that helped them lose (or stave off) a midlife pooch, we got six different answers – from strength training and high-intensity intervals to walking and water aerobics.

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Here’s a look at what worked for them, plus, how you can follow their lead and get a slimmer stomach...

Brisk walking

Woman Walking © Getty Images Woman Walking 'After having an emergency hysterectomy, I spent six weeks in recovery lying on the couch watching reruns of Entourage and eating microwaved lasagnas. No surprise, I developed belly fat.

I got rid of it by walking briskly for 45 minutes in the morning, five days a week.

I tried to link walking with something or someone I enjoyed. For example, I tried to walk with friends around the park or treat myself to a smoothie afterward. Six months later, my belly was back in shape.' – Kaye Newton, 47, author of Incision Decisions: A Guide to Getting Through Surgery

Core exercises and cardio

a person standing in front of a building: Woman jogging © vgajic - Getty Images Woman jogging 'I’ve found that doing crunches on a stability ball three to four times per week has not only helped to reduce my belly fat – it’s started the beginnings of a six-pack!

Sit-ups, planks, yoga, and Pilates have also helped to strengthen my core and flatten my tummy. But the focus isn’t just on abs: I squeeze in a full workout three to five times a week, and I try to keep it diverse.

I’ll do anything from Zumba to cycling, to speed-walking, to boot camp classes.' – Debra Dixon-Anderson, 54, CEO and founder of Light of Gold PR, Marketing, and Consulting

Sprints and jogs

a man throwing a frisbee: Woman jogging © simonkr - Getty Images Woman jogging 'The thing that helped me lose belly fat and keep it off is mixing up my workouts.

Sometimes, I’ll alternate sprints and recovery jogs on the treadmill. But my favourite workout consists of doing two exercises for the same body part, with a cardio drill in between.

For instance, I might do 10-12 chest presses, followed by 25-30 plank jacks, followed by 10-12 chest flys. I’ll repeat that three times, resting in between each round.' – Heather Holtschlag, 45, founder of Healthy Fit PR

Low-impact, low-stress activities

a silhouette of a man with a sunset in the background: Tai Chi © Getty Images Tai Chi 'I used to run, do step aerobics and kickboxing, use the Stairmaster or cross-trainer machines, bike, row, ski, you name it. But low-impact exercises make the most sense for me now.

As a hardworking entrepreneur, water aerobics and Tai Chi keep my life low-stress, which helps ward off weight gain. Taking a daily walk is good, too. It doesn’t need to be long or fast – every little bit helps.

And you really do feel great afterward.' – Paige Arnoff-Fenn, 51, CEO and founder of Mavens & Moguls

Spinning and free weights

a person sitting on the floor: The 5 best exercises for your body, according to a Harvard professor of medicine © Getty Images The 5 best exercises for your body, according to a Harvard professor of medicine 'I work out for at least an hour every day, starting with a SoulCycle session. After that, I’ll mix it up. I’ll play tennis with friends, stretch, and keep my muscles strong and toned with free weights and sit-ups.

With this combination, I’ve never looked – or felt – better than I do now.' – Donna Mills, 76, actor

High-intensity interval training

Workouts that help over-40s lose belly fat © Getty Images Workouts that help over-40s lose belly fat 'Doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) helped me get lean for the first time in my life and blew away my belly fat over the course of five months.

My workouts focus on standard strength work; then I add in compound movements for 30 seconds to a minute to elevate my heart rate – like squats, box jumps, cable rows, or cable skaters. I try to get my heart rate to 80% to 90% of my max to get into the HIIT zone.

Depending on the workout, it’ll take 20 minutes to an hour total. I try to train four to five times a week.' –Sarah Foster, 49, independent ambassador coach for Team Fit

Related: This 45-Minute HIIT Workout Will Help Shrink Your Belly (provided by POPSUGAR)

This 45-Minute HIIT Workout Will Help Shrink Your Belly: If you're looking to burn calories, lose body fat, and gain muscle, this 45-minute workout designed by fitness instructor John Kersbergen is all you need to maximize your gym time and effectively lose weight in the shortest amount of time. It combines cardio with strength-training moves, so aside from decreasing body fat, it also tones and defines your muscles. Warning: this workout is fast-paced and will leave you dripping with sweat!This is a Tabata workout, which is a form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which is proven to help diminish belly fat better than steady-state cardio. Each four-minute section of this workout involves eight rounds of 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off. What makes this workout so intense is that it's long: 45 minutes total! You get a one-minute rest every 12 minutes, so soak it up! Drink some water, catch your breath, walk around a little, and then get ready to rev up the intensity once again. Related: This Is the Best Workout For Losing WeightEquipment needed: jump rope (if you don't have one, just pretend!), medium- to heavy-weight dumbbells (five to 20), and a clock or Tabata app to help keep track of timeThe Workout0:00-5:00 WarmupRepeat as many times in 5 minutes10 jumping jacks10 forward backward lunges (5 per side)10 plank jacks5:01-6:00Rest6:01-10:00 CardioRepeat 4x20 seconds jump rope, 10 seconds rest20 seconds mountain climbers, 10 seconds rest10:01-14:00 LegsRepeat 4x20 seconds air squats, 10 seconds rest20 seconds goblet squats, 10 seconds rest14:01-18:00 ArmsRepeat 4x20 seconds triceps push-ups, 10 seconds rest20 seconds dumbbell thrusters, 10 seconds rest18:01-19:00Rest19:01-23:00 CoreRepeat 4x20 seconds plank with bunny hops, 10 seconds rest20 seconds v-sits, 10 seconds rest23:01-27:00 CardioRepeat 4x20 seconds jump rope, 10 seconds rest20 seconds mountain climbers, 10 seconds rest27:01-31:00 PlyoRepeat 4x20 seconds burpees, 10 seconds rest20 seconds split lunge jumps, 10 seconds rest31:01-32:00Rest32:01-36:00 BackRepeat 4x20 seconds superman lifts, 10 seconds rest20 seconds plank with row, 10 seconds rest36:01-40:00 ButtRepeat 4x20 seconds jump squats, 10 seconds rest20 seconds deadlifts, 10 seconds rest40:01-44:00 CardioRepeat 4x20 seconds jump rope, 10 seconds rest20 seconds mountain climbers, 10 seconds rest44:01-45:00RestIf you need a refresher, ahead is a description of each of the above moves.After you complete this grueling workout and have peeled yourself off the floor, mobilize your muscles by doing this stretching sequence and get out the foam roller and do these moves. This 45-Minute HIIT Workout Will Help Shrink Your Belly


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