Spot Reduction?!?

Want to lose the cushion over your six-pack? Those love handles? Or the extra pound(s) on your thighs? Unfortunately, you can’t pick your favorite spot when it comes to weight loss, ‘spot reduction’ is one of those too-good-to-be-true myths.

Weight loss occurs all over the body, depending on genetics, age, gender and other factors. Doing thousands of crunches and sit-ups does build your abdominal muscles – but it doesn’t mean you’ll lose that annoying layer that’s covering your six-pack. There’s only one solution to burning stored fat: Cardio!

The good news is that cardio endurance training comes in such a variety that there’s probably an activity you actually enjoy!  Walking, hiking, jogging, intervals, bicycling, spinning, elliptical trainer, skating, swimming, running stairs – to name a few. Try it all out, experiment and choose activities you love. And/or join a friendly team for additional fun and support. I personally think fun is the greatest motivator of all – it takes your mind off exhaustion, boredom or any other negative feeling and can transform ‘have-to’ cardio into an exciting activity!

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Photography by Mary Sylvester.