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If you click on Programmes and then look at some of the 10km and 21 km programmes youâ€™ll see some exercises that you can do â€“ they are part of the programme. I suspect that you might be able to modify the situp though â€“ perhaps itâ€™s the full extension of the back that causes your pain and maybe a crunch will be a more suitable option for you. I think itâ€™s likely to be a technique thing that is to blame for the numbness in your back.
On the point of weight loss, you need to be looking at cardiovascular type exercises as a priority, not these specific stomach ones. Everyone seems to battle with the weight in a specific area. It's really difficult to combat though, although you have already hopefully recognized that eating well and exercising correctly are the keys. The simple answer then, is to continue exercise and change your eating patterns. The exercise is cardio training - like running, walking, cycling, swimming, taebo, aerobics etc. Anything that is cardiovascular gets the heart pumping and energy burning is most effective. It is just a question of how you use these cardio sessions. I would suggest at least 4 days a week of cardio training, each session lasting about 30 to 45 minutes, AT LEAST. You have to build up this duration and then keep at it consistently in order to see change.
The specific exercises for the area in question have a relatively minor role, other than that they are responsible for developing the muscle in the area, which creates the appearance of being toned. That's obviously what you want, but you have to realise that you can't do the toning and specific work first and neglect the cardio - it has to work the other way around, cardio first, toning second. So focus on cardio, then on toning.
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