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Apple Shapes: Tone Your Tummy
If you carry most of your excess weight around the waist and tend to have narrower hips and bigger breasts, you’re an apple. Some researchers believe that apples have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, andearly deathwhile others think that waist circumference may be no better an indicator of your likelihood of having a heart attack than any other measurement of body fat. Still, being overweight, no matter where you carry your fat, puts more strain on your heart and increases your risk for heart disease.
What you can do:You can’t spot reduce to get rid of fat, but you can start a cardio routine to help burn fat all over, and tone your abdominal muscles to make them look more streamlined, says triathlete Mark Allen, co-author ofFit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You. Research has found jogging to be the single most effective exercise to tone tummies, so if you have your doctor’s approval, consider starting a running program to slim down. Next, add in ab-toning moves, such as planks and crunches.
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