6 Women Over 40 Reveal The Workouts That Finally Helped Them Lose Their Belly Fat​

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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.

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

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

Brisk 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

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