Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I have a panniculus. What is it? It is the technical name for that apron of fat that hangs down in front, better known as belly fat. I have been doing some research on the internet trying to find ways to reduce this big piece of fat, but everything that I've found ends up the same way. There is no way other than surgery to actually get rid of a panniculus. Quite frankly, I don't want to have surgery.
I have been working on toning up my core muscles in an attempt to make my belly smaller. Every day, I do 90 to 150 mini crunches, 2 to 3 reps of 30 each of leg lifts (also aimed at strengthening my quadricep muscles), and about 50 to 100 tummy/tushy tucks (pull in stomach and derrier muscles and hold for 3 seconds). All of these exercises are done to help me with standing up, sitting, walking and climbing stairs. As I have severe osteoarthritis, it is a matter of "use it or lose it".
The mini crunches are done sitting on the front edge a chair with my feet flat on and my thighs parallel to the floor. I then lean back to about 45 degrees and use my core muscles to pull myself back to a sitting position. The leg lifts and the tummy/tushy tucks are also done on a chair. I have two artificial knees and cannot kneel, so I really can't get down on the floor as I can't get back up. I have been adding a couple of line dancing sessions a week as an aerobic exercise.
The result so far is that my upper abdomen is getting flatter. No six-pack, but not so much bulging anymore either. Another result is my ability to get up and down from a sitting position much more easily, and an increase in the distance I can walk and the time I can stand before my leg muscles start screaming. I also have less pain in my lower back (arthritis is now attacking my lower spine). The only thing that does not yet seem to be responding to my efforts is the panniculus. I can see no change in it at this point. I know that as I lose more weight, the belly skin will pull and droop longer. I'm just hoping that by the time I get down to where I want to be, someone will have come up with a non-surgical solution to getting rid of all that excess tissue. One can only hope.