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Stomach Exercises

A lot of people I know are dieting. Some of them are actually pretty extreme about it. They will starve themselves, cutting their calories down by a thousand a day, and yet they will not put in the effort to exercise. It seems like a strange paradox to me. There are all these people out there who are willing to cut out food almost entirely, yet they do not have the discipline to make it to the gym a couple times a week! If they would just get out and do some stomach exercises, they would have it made.


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Of course, stomach muscle exercises by themselves won't make you lose weight, but they will help redistribute body fat. Most of the people who are unhappy with their weight are particularly unhappy with the way their stomach looks. Belly fat is universally seen as unattractive in our society, and doing a flat stomach exercise is is one of the best ways to address it. After all, everyone wants lean, toned stomach muscles, don't they? I know that I sure do!


Stomach exercises are not the most important part of your workout routine. Don't get me wrong -- exercises for your stomach are really crucial for losing weight. They will not only decrease your belly fat, but they will also provide more support for your spine. Stomach exercises tend to reduce back problems by creating a more upright posture. Nevertheless, cardiovascular workout exercises are even more important. If you do not do some fast walking, swimming, or some other kind of cardio workout, there is no way you will ever be healthy. Although you may lose weight, it will be difficult to keep it off because your metabolism will not be fast enough. The stomach exercises can make you look lean and trim, but the cardio is what makes you healthy.





Although I love to go to the gym, I used to not have the time to. I would have to do my stomach exercises, along with my cardiovascular workout, at home. At first it seemed a little difficult, but there are all kinds of ab machines that you can get to make the job easier. They can make crunches and situps much easier on your back, and help you to get more effect from each exercise. Although they are not necessary for stomach exercises, they are pretty affordable and seem to really help. I don't know what doctors think about them, but I highly recommend them from experience.



Additional Resources for Exercise and Physical Fitness:

President's Council on Physical Fitness - the health, physical activity, fitness and sports information website with helpful information on starting a physical activity program today.

American Heart Association - discusses physical inactivity as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Medline Plus by NIH - National Institute of Health website dedicated to exercise and physical fitness.


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