Spot Reduction: Myth or Possibility?
Spot Reduction: How to Deal with Trouble Areas
We all have certain parts of our body which we feel could look better than what they already look like. For some, they are saggy arms for others it is the protruding belly that they want to get rid of. You may have your very own “spot” that you wish to do away with.
For this purpose, all of us are guilty of looking up specific exercise moves that target those specific troubled areas only. The idea behind doing so is that we feel that if we do these specific exercises, we will reduce the fat from just those specific areas.
In reality, that’s not even remotely true. So our short verdict is that spot reduction is nothing but a myth! And you should not waste any more time than you already have on giving it a try.
By the way, this does not mean that you will never be able to tone those arms or get that flab from your stomach to go away. It is just that your approach of doing so is wrong. For you to remove fat from any place on your body and we mean any place, you need to focus on losing weight from the entire body, rather than just focusing on one particular troubled zone.
What You Need to Do: Aim for Overall Weight Loss:
You need to stick to a good workout routine that comprises a variety of moves and pair it with a high protein low carb diet. Once you get started on this track, you will begin to notice your troubled areas shrink too, in due time of course.
There are certain exercises that involve the entire body. Instead of just targeting one specific group of muscles, they involve lots of them which is why they are more effective in helping you torch calories from all over the body. These moves need to be a part of your routine:
Pushups primarily target the triceps, your core and your chest but did you know that while doing a pushup you are lifting 60% of your entire body weight? This is an excellent body weight exercise which helps burn a good amount of calories.
Time and time again, squats have been considered amazing for strengthening and toning your lower body (hamstrings and glutes!) but did you know that just by adding weights to the move you can even target your upper body too?
What if you can throw in a squat and a pushup with some leg work and maybe even a little cardio jump somewhere and call it one move?
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s a burpee for you!
Another strong contender for an amazing full-body exercise is the deadlift! From this one simple move, you can target your quads, calves, hamstrings, glutes, forearms and even your core! The only loophole is here that you need to be careful with the form. If not executed properly, the deadlift can really injure your back.
Include these moves in your workout routine for a full body workout. Your trouble areas will no longer be a source of trouble.