Friday, October 22, 2010

Bye Bye Belly!

For many of us, the waistline is the first place we pack on the pounds and the last place we lose it. But try as we may, hundreds of crunches, sit-ups and plank holds alone won’t give us celebrity-inspired washboard abs. To truly trim our waistlines – and thighs, arms and bottoms – a comprehensive strength, cardio and nutrition plan is needed. If you’re trying to lose inches in those problem areas, check out these dos and don’ts from the exercise experts at Life Fitness:

Do some heavy lifting: A pound of muscle can burn more than a pound of fat, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn, even when you aren't working out. Furthermore, a pound of muscle is denser than a pound of fat, so it creates a leaner profile. Commit to doing one or two exercises for each muscle group on one to three non-consecutive days a week.

Don’t forget the cardio: Strength training will build muscle, but cardiovascular exercise will help shed that layer of fat covering the muscles you’re building. Activities that elevate your heart rate into a fat burn zone such as jogging, biking, swimming and hiking will help your body burn the stored calories. Supplement your strength training program with 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity four or five days a week.

Do watch what you eat: A pumped up exercise routine doesn’t mean a free pass on food, especially when your goal is to lose inches. In other words, don’t follow a 3-mile run with a three-egg omelet (and a side of hash browns). Follow a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fats for best results. Up your protein intake as you add more strength work to protect the muscle mass you worked so hard to gain.

This article is provided by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Life Fitness and other fitness advice and expertise visit our website or join our Facebook Page.

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Maia Dobson said...

This technique on how to flatten abs look so tiring. I would suggest you get a coolsculpting in New York if you want to reduce your belly fats. It's non-invasive and it's very effective.

jhansi joe said...

In my experience losing weight is not an easy thing, but I hope your post provide some good solution to avoid over weight problem, Thanks admin for sharing this useful post
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