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From: Hally (
Subject: Re: Stomach Exercises
Date: June 15, 2005 at 6:11 pm PST

In Reply to: Stomach Exercises posted by paulieboy23 on June 6, 2005 at 7:12 am:

Dear Paulie,

I too have struggled with abdominal fat for most of my life. There are are a few things I have discovered that may help. First of all, there is no particular exercise or diet that will work just like the informercials and other mass media commonly promote. As you probably know, fat takes time to develop; it also takes time to lose. You can try experimenting with different core exercises. I feel that exercises which train the abdominals in addition to other muscle groups are particularly effective. Take the abdominal wheel, for instance. Use the one that looks like a single bike tire with handles on either side. Start from your knees, then gradually move up to standing position for the start. It is very difficult, but also very effective. You can also do a similar exercise with a barbell by loading the bar with weights which will keep your knuckles from hitting the floor. Start from standing and roll out to a stationary pushup position, then return. Try to do some type of exercise every single day. It doesn't need to be a workout, per se, just activity of some kind. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Park your car farther from work or at the back of the shopping mall and walk. Take the stairs, even if your destination is up 10 flights. You don't need to rush, take them as slowly as you like. Take your bike places, it's a hundred times more interesting than a stationary one. I've found that by combining errands with exercise, I feel it is much more worthwhile and therefore am more motivated, since I'm getting two things accomplished. If you do only one thing to change your diet, do this: give up soda. It is loaded with sugar and chemicals, and has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It is a waste product the moment it enters your body. Get used to water or herbal teas, with the occasional iced/hot tea. Heck, beer and wine are nutritional powerhouses compared to soda. And lastly, read a bunch. You will find much interesting information on exercise online. Check into Matt Furey and Pavel Tsatsouline, they have a unique and effective take on fitness. Good luck.

Bolingbrook, IL

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