Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bye-Bye Belly #2

- Women who do full-body strength-training twice a week decrease overall body fat and don't gain as much ab fat as those who don't.

- To make your core work to stabilize your body (which strengthens abs), do moves one arm or leg at a time. A strong core helps you stay injury-free and gives you a pulled-in tummy.

- Don't neglect your mid-back muscles (the lats). They work with your core to help you stand straighter, minimizing your pooch. Try Law Rows: Bend at the wasit and hold a dumbbell in each hand; bend elbows and pull weights up until elbows are level with torso.

- To really challenge your abs, crank out crunches on a stability ball. You'll engage more muscles than you will doing traditional crunches.

- Tight hip flexors can lead to an imbalance that makes your spine arch and pelvis tilt out, emphasizing your belly. To loosen hip flexors: Kneel on one knee, other leg bent, foot on floor; press pelvis forward until your feel a stretch down the front thigh of kneeling leg.

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