Your core includes not only your abdominals, but also all of the muscles on the back and sides of your torso, even down into your glutes. You might think your waistline matters only when it’s time to zip up your favorite pair of jeans, but your midsection is about much more than just looks—it’s the building block for everything you do. Want nice posture? Love running, walking, working out or playing with your kids? You can do all those things better with a stronger core.
Our four-week challenge, designed by Meg Furstoss, M.S., C.S.C.S., founder of Precision Sports Performance, doesn’t require you to step on a scale or pick up a measuring tape. You’ll know the inside-out transformation is happening because you’ll feel—and look—slimmer and stronger.
Exercising to music might help you lose belly fat faster. In one study, people who did their crunches to tunes lost up to eight pounds more than those who worked out in silence.
Having too much fat in the belly area (as opposed to your arms or legs) is more harmful to your heart health. The sweet spot for women is a waist circumference of 35 inches or less; 40 inches or less for men.
Zeroing in on your core strength has a bonus of helping you get a better night’s rest. Research shows people who strength train are more likely to sleep the recommended seven to eight hours per night.
You’ve just completed a tough-buttotally- worth-it four weeks of ab workouts. Take a moment to be proud of yourself—and the awesome results.
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