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How to Exercise With a Pot Belly StomAch

written by: Rachael Gerkensmeyer • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 8/28/2010

You may have questions about pot belly stomachs and how to exercise with them, but rest assured that this article will have you motivated to get up, get active and get that pot belly under control!

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    Worried about Workouts?

    Pot Belly Many people are concerned about pot belly stomachs and how to exercise with them. After all, it can be an uncomfortable and downright frustrating experience. While it’s true that there is no such thing as spot reducing through diet or exercise, the good news is that there are many exercises you can do to make working out comfortable, and even fun!

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    Walking Outdoors

    Everyone can benefit from walking and while it can seem uncomfortable to do many exercises, walking shouldn’t be one of them. Even if you suffer from bad knees or a sore back, taking a nice leisurely stroll around your neighborhood will help burn calories, will help clear your head, and can even help start to get rid of that belly! You can walk with friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members, or by yourself. Switch it up a little so you don’t get bored throughout the week and soon enough you’ll see your energy level start to pick up and your motivation to workout and eat right will soar.

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    Bike Riding around the Neighborhood

    Bike One can easily ride a bike no matter what shape their in, so having a pot belly certainly is no excuse to miss out on getting fresh air and having some fun at the same time. Consider riding around a lake near your home, or through the local park. You might be surprised at how quickly time passes as you’re people watching and peddling away. Riding a bicycle is also a great way to burn extra calories, which can result in consistent weight loss. Riding a bike to the store instead of driving also helps your environment and your pocket book with the gas you save, so there are many benefits to this type of exercise.

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    Breaking a Sweat at the Gym

    Gym Making use of the treadmill at your local gym is a good way to stay motivated to stick with your workout regimen. Walking or lightly jogging on a treadmill is an easy way to start getting in shape, and there are no limits as to who can use one of these machines. Even those with a pot belly will find that using a treadmill for exercise is comfortable yet challenging, which makes it a great workout.

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    Working out at Home

    Treadmill Those worried about pot belly stomachs and how to exercise with them might consider investing in a treadmill, a set of hand weights, a stability ball and some workout videos to use at home so that there are numerous activities to choose from at any given time. The most important part of exercise is to be consistent so that you can get the results you want.

    So having workout equipment available to you at home can make or break your success. If you don’t have the time or money to invest in workout equipment for your own personal use, get creative and use what you do have. For example, you can use books for hand weights and you can use a jump rope to help get some cardio in.