Our expert says:
The simple answer, which is not always so simple in practice, is a good diet and plenty of cardio exercise, like running, walking, aerobics, swimming, cycling etc. The trap you must avoid is thinking that you can do specific stomach exercises only. This concept of spot reduction does not work. and youcan't really try and reduce the fat around your stomach, thighs and abdominals by just doing exercises for those areas. This kind of exercise, using specific muscles only, actually burns fewer calories than exercising large muscles groups in dynamic cardiovascular exercise such as walking, jogging, running, swimming or cycling. In order to burn the fat, you need to do these types of cardiovascular exercises as least 4 - 5 times a week for at least 30 - 45 minutes. This will help to increase the amount of calories that you use and help to decrease your body fat.
Having said that, it is still important to do some strengthening and toning exercise and obviously to include exercises that make use of the muscle groups in your abdominal area. The exercises that you do will depend on whether you have access to a gym or you do body weight exercises at home. If you click on the fitness link on the Health24 site, then you will see a link called 'programmes' and all these programmes are based on cardio and also have a fair amount of these toning exercise. It is the combination of these two, plus a good diet, that will see you achieve success.
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