Welcome to our Flat-Belly Challenge: 21 days of workouts, belly-blasting tips, and fat-burning recipe ideas to help you feel slimmer and more confident all Summer. Good news: Day 12's challenge is to let your body relax and recover from all the hard work you've done this week.
It's time to celebrate the fact that you're over halfway done with our Flat-Belly Challenge! Your reward for making it through 10 metabolism-boosting workouts is a much-needed rest day that also does your belly good.
First up: some well-deserved time away from the gym. While a rest day doesn't have to equal just sitting on the couch, it's important to allow your body time to repair itself — that's how strong, calorie-burning muscles are made. So today, take a time-out with a low-intensity workout like a walk or restorative yoga. Or, just enjoy a relaxing night in. And why not enjoy a fresh, tasty mocktail while you're at it? You've earned it!
Using hydrating honeydew melon for this creative green juice mocktail gives it a bright, fun hue. A little bit of ginger adds a slight spiciness that also aids with digestion. The recipe serves four, so invite your friends over for a healthy happy hour while you enjoy your rest day.
Bonus tip: Lifestyle changes can help you on your quest for a flat belly. Stress, for example, can increase the amount of fat you store around your belly, so take time to identify areas in your life that are causing anxiety and stress. Yoga, deep breathing, and listening to music can help reduce your stress levels. Check out more ways to de-stress here.
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