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The truth behind losing that excess fat from around your tummy region: IT TAKES HARD WORK!

This area, where you have the most fat stored, is the last place you will see it disappear.

Formula for success

Cardio workouts + abs and back workouts = Trim tummy.

Why cardio?

Fat burn is most effective with cardio workouts.

No amount of crunches will 'burn' fat from the tummy area. Until you burn the fat, you won't see a shape.

Cardio workouts elevate your heart rate, forcing your body to take in more oxygen, which circulates in your blood stream, thereby burning the fat deposits.

Choose any form of cardio workout you enjoy. Do it for a minimum of 30 minutes, three to four days a week.

Cardio workout options include walking, aerobics classes, cycling and swimming.

Once you have your cardio workouts in place, start working your abs and back.

There are some basic exercises you can do at home. If you attend a gym or exercise class, these exercises will be included in almost every workout session.

Why abs and back workouts?

In order to tone the tummy muscles and see a nice shape, you must work them regularly. Back exercises always go hand in hand with ab exercises. The back and the abs both support the spine. Over-working either one can very likely result in back problems, imbalanced strength and poor posture.

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Text: Brinda Sapat
Design: NV Reuben

Brinda Sapat is a fitness trainer, currently running classes at Gold's Gym, Napean Sea Road. Certified with Training Zone & Progressive Fitness (USA), she has been a group exercise instructor for the last nine years.

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