Flat Tummy Tip

“My No. 1 tip: Do the ball exchange three times a week. Lay flat on your back with your arms above your head and legs straight out. Start with a stability ball above your head in your hands. Bring the ball up above your chest as you bring your legs up to meet the ball and place it between your ankles. Bring the ball back down to the floor with your legs and straighten your arms back out over your head.

Repeat the ball exchange 10 to 12 times, remembering to keep your lower back pressed into the floor as you do this move.”

— LaReine Chabut, author of Exercise Balls for Dummies

Chewing is the No. 1 tip I give to prevent bloating. Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and without proper chewing, food is not well-digested. Better-digested food means less gas and bloating.”

Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet

“Add boxing to your cardio routine. When you throw punches with weights or at a fast pace, you’re working your core in a way that helps to flatten your midsection. You must engage your core to throw punches, and twisting your torso works all the ab muscles.

Boxing also gives you a cardio workout that burns extra calories. Add 16 minutes of boxing three times a week to your regular cardio routine (30 minutes at high intensity four to five times a week), and you can lose up to 2 inches from your waist in four weeks. Simply throw punches while holding 1- or 2-pound weights for 8 minutes, alternating arms, then repeat without weights at a faster pace for 8 more minutes.”

Michael Olajide Jr. and Leila Fazel, co-founders of Aerospace High Performance Center in New York City

February 15, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Why Your Abs Aren’t Toned From Crunches

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I do crunches religiously, but I don’t seem to get more toned in my abdominal region. What’s my problem?

A:  You may need to spend less time doing crunches and more time on the treadmill, stair climber, or stationary bike. Contrary to popular belief, abdominal tone doesn’t come from doing a million crunches. In fact, you may already have abs of steel — they simply may be covered by a layer of insulation. So, instead of doing 10 or 15 minutes of crunches, try doing three to five minutes of exercises targeting different abdominal muscles as well as your lower back; focus on using good form and really tightening those muscles. Then spend the extra five to seven minutes burning fat with a cardio activity such as running or cycling.

January 23, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 2 comments.

Oxygen Magazine Abs Special

absSince I’m on the Sit Ups Challenge and doing the Ab Workout for Dummies DVD I’m going to re-read my Oxygen Magazine Ab Special from 2009.  Any trying the challenge?  The challenge is to take a before pic, take advice from the mag and send in the after pic.  Win some money and a cover I think.  Any other Oxygen readers?  Anyone else on the Challenges with me?

May 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise. 2 comments.

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