The “Waistline”

waistline-300x225The “Waist”:

    It’s safe to say as a women we are well acquainted with the fact that it comes in different shapes and sizes! Some were born with the waistline being naturally smaller and others a bit more endowed. The struggle of maintenance, post-baby “sag”, weight fluctuation, etc … has been on a women’s mind for some, if not for most of our existence:-(

Super “skinny” vs “Gut”:

    The waistline has long been through the “obsession”  journey,  through to the major “neglect” bin. Down through the centuries we’ve seen the different fads of rather plump, to the non-existent and ultra-skinny waistline. If only we could find a happy medium? Aside from obsessions and latest trends…what is the happy medium…most importantly “Healthy” medium, and how can it be achieved and maintained with ease? Please read on 🙂

A Few Facts:

     Research has proven that excess weight on the waistline is detrimental for one’s health and well-being. When it comes to this particular part of our body, it is in fact a dangerous spot to be storing extra fat. But why we ask? The simple answer is that this “special zone” is to store our very vital organs. They were put in place to function accordingly, each to their own space. When extra fat is introduced these poor organs begin shuffling around, moving to places they shouldn’t be in, and/or are in fact,”suffocating” from this horrible substance that’s taking over.(Pregnancy is an entire different matter altogether. Our body is designed to handle this amazing event…only for a certain period of time, per session of course :-). 

The risks:

    Cancer, diabetes 2, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease…to only name a few..is on the rise, causing so many unnecessary deaths, and is predominately due to the size of our “waistline”. It actually has no regard for the overall size and weight of a woman, purely to do with waist circumference.

The high-risk waist circumference for men and women:

    It has been said that you may have a higher risk of health problems if your waist circumference is more than 80 cm(31.5 inches) if you’re a woman, and 94cm (31.5 inches) if you’re a man.

    To measure, your waist circumference simply take a tape measure. Starting at the top of your hip bone, keeping it level with your naval and parallel with the floor (please make sure your not holding your breath…no points for cheating when it comes to your possible well-being:-))take it all the way around, and see your result!

Exercises for achieving and maintaining a healthy waistline:

    You would be surprised at how many things you could be doing on a daily basis to work the waistline. General house cleaning, sweeping and mopping your floor (go on, get down there with some elbow grease and give it a bit of a scrub!), gardening, etc… Or for a more intense option;  going for a walk, jogging, yoga, Pilates, aerobics, dancing, etc…and my favorite, yes, it has to be…

— Belly Dancing!

     The main focus in Belly Dance (as with Pilates) is working on and with the core muscles of the abdominal region. The reason why I love Belly dance is that I not only get the benefits from the exercise, but I have so much fun doing it without noticing the changes in my body, and the overall well-being I’m receiving from it.  (More to come on this wonderful art form!!!)

What does your waistline measure at!?!

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