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Ab/Core Exercises

How can I tone my abs?

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  • ARealAge answered
    Curls and sit-ups can definitely help tone your abs, but a new study suggests something else might work better. Seems counterintuitive, but working your upper body may be the quickest path to a really sculpted middle.

    In a study, women did isometric exercises for their stomach, back, shoulders and arms while researchers measured muscle activity. The results? Shoulder extensions made middle-body muscles contract most -- apparently they work extra hard to stabilize your trunk when your wings are flapping.

    Some more ways to get your midsection, and whole body into mint condition:
    • Roll out the ball. For strong core muscles and better balance, do tummy and back toners on an exercise ball.
    • Add resistance. Use weights or resistance bands for extra burn.
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