Start Exercising!

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) provides information about safe and effective physical activity. Here are their answers to some frequently asked questions:

  • Will Exercise Help Me Live Longer? Yes. Moderate exercise can help improve digestion and sleep, reduce stress, provide endurance and help manage lower back pain, arthritis and diabetes.
  • Can I Really Spot Reduce? If Not, What Can I Do To Get Rid Of Fat In Those Hard To Get At Places? Exercise equipment may improve muscle tone, strength or endurance, but it can’t increase fat-burning in one particular area. To lose weight combine a low-fat diet with an exercise program that includes aerobic activity and strength training.
  • How Hard Must I Exercise For An Effect To Take Place? Will A Little Exercise Do Any Good? Physical activity that is painful can be harmful. Moderate activity reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. Even if you break up your daily 30-minute exercise into three sessions of 10 minutes, it can work.
  • Is There Any Value To Walking? Yes. Walking regularly can help reduce blood pressure, increase cardiovascular endurance, boost bone strength, burn calories and keep weight down. Walk a minimum of 30 minutes a day if doing for exercise.
  • How Can I Achieve Washboard Abs? A good cardiovascular program and diet combined with abdominal exercises performed correctly can tone stomach muscles.
  • Can I Get a Good Workout By Swimming or Doing Aqua Exercises? Yes. Water exercise is non-impact and works for all ages. The buoyancy of water reduces the weight of a person by about 90% and encompasses cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility.
  • Do Women Need to Worry about Bulking Up When Exercising? No. Due to genetics, only 10% of women will build muscle. To avoid gaining bulk, concentrate on high repetitions, low weight and variety in your aerobic exercise routine.


Response to Anonymous

Getting rid of the deep layer of fat over the abs can be very challenging, but it is possible. 1) Start by eating several (five to six) small meals each day. This helps keep blood sugar low, controls cortisol levels and keeps metabolic rate elevated all day long. 2) Be sure to select foods that are less likely to be stored as body fat around the midsection. Cut back on fats, sugars and carbohydrates while increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. 3) Combine resistance and strength training workouts with cardiovascular and fat-burning aerobic exercise sessions. Jogging, walking, cycling, stair climbing, jumping, rowing and swimming can all help to burn the fat stored on the body. In addition to situps, crunches and leg lifts, try pilates or yoga to help strengthen the core abdominal muscles. Keep in mind that muscles burn more calories than fat, so the better your muscle tone, the quicker the fat will burn away. To find out how many calories you burned while exercising, check out our Get Moving Calculator:

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How can i get rid of the layer of fat above my abs? does swimming help?
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