Friday, July 10, 2009

Bye-Bye Belly #1

- Women who hit the gym and watch calorie intake reduce ab fat-cell size by about 18 percent, making them more successful at tummy trimming than those who just dieted.

- The more weigh-bearing the exercise, the more calories torched from your midsection. So walk, run, or add some jump roping to your usual routine.

- Doing crunches? Pull in your abs before curling up to work your muscles twice as hard.

- Do the Bicycle to target other ab muscles (crunches work only the rectus abdominus, aka your six-pack): Lie with your hands behind your head; alternate touching each elbow to the oppposit knee.

- Your abs get used to routine, vary your exercises every time you hit the gym. (Throw in a new move or two, or try your usual ones on a stability ball.) You can also switch up your entire routine every month to keep your stomach guessing - and shrinking.

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