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i've been running 2-3 miles 3 times a week for about 6 weeks + weight lifting and i still see no results. i guess i'm in the 'healthy' weight (i'm 5'2'' and 123lbs) but i'm really flabby and i just want to tone. workout suggestions?

Anonymous

hello! well, first off, kudos to you for working out regularly! :)

you’re most likely in the zone where weight loss through exercise alone is difficult. since you didn’t give me any details regarding your diet/nutrition, i can only guess that you’ve been focusing solely on your workouts.

obviously, you are improving health-wise in terms of aerobic capacity and strength, right? you’re definitely toning your muscles underneath the “flab” (though i doubt it’s really that bad— your weight to height ratio is perfectly fine!). 

what i’d suggest is to begin looking at your diet and making changes. remember: the most effective way to lose weight is by making adjustments to one’s diet. 

you’re probably all toned up underneath but need to make a few small changes with your caloric intake and meal/snack decisions.

keep up the good work with working out, and eat right! good luck.

Apr 1
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Feb 5
regular planks, side planks… they’re amazing at building up your core strength and stabilizer muscles. in fact, i’d say that planks are one of the bestab exercises you could possibly do.

you may not be moving while you do it, but i guarantee your muscles will be screaming for mercy. -curtis penner, youtuber

regular planks, side planks… they’re amazing at building up your core strength and stabilizer muscles. in fact, i’d say that planks are one of the bestab exercises you could possibly do.

you may not be moving while you do it, but i guarantee your muscles will be screaming for mercy. -curtis penner, youtuber

Jan 8
"no pain, no gain" isn’t always right…
while you should push yourself, understand what it means to go too far.

"no pain, no gain" isn’t always right…

while you should push yourself, understand what it means to go too far.

Hi! I've been eating healthier than before and I've been going to the gym for 6 weeks now (I think I'm in love with exercise!, I do cardio, abs and I lift weights). But here is my question, I weight 114 pounds and I don't have a flat tummy, how long do you think it will take before I have one if I continue doing this?

hi there! yay, i’m glad you’ve fallen in love with exercise! :)

ideally, i’d love to say that if you keep at it, you’ll achieve the super-flat stomach that almost everyone desires. however, the fact of the matter is that it’s harder than most expect.

in order to achieve this goal, it’s not simply about doing the right amount of exercise. there’s more to it than that. typically, diet is the most important factor, and still, there are other things that can prevent you from achieving a flat tummy:

  • Retaining water can make you look and feel fatter than you are. The amount of water our cells retain has a lot to do with the balance of sodium and potassium in our body fluids. Too much salt (sodium), the curse of modern diets, is often the easiest cause of water weight to fix.
  • The body fat level required to get flat abs is lower than you can sustain with your current lifestyle/schedule, or the body fat level required is lower than is healthy for your body to function. (the level of fat in your body has to reach a certain low in order to have a flat stomach or six-pack.)
    (source: about.com)
    it’s not impossible— but now you can better understand why it can be such a struggle to get a flat stomach. still, don’t let it discourage you! the fact that you’re exercising is already commendable. :)
    Oct 2

    How do I lose the muffin top? I have been eating alright and my form of exercise is Wii Fit (HAHA) and I play the hula hoop, hoping to strengthen my stomach area. But the muffin top seems to stay whenever I stand or sit

    hi there! unfortunately, there’s no way to target weight loss. :(

    what you’ll have to do to lose that “muffin top” is drop your overall weight. i’ve addressed this question a few times before, so rather than simply repeating myself, i’d like to link you to my previous posts here and here.

    best of luck to you! 

    just a quick workout. :)
obviously, the warm-up and cooldown should be at a reasonably slow pace. then, every blue line means that you have to repeat the warm-up (as fast as you can), which really can work up a nice sweat.
a few explanations…
high knees - while working your arms and alternating legs, drive your knees up nice and high (hence, “high knees”).
butt kickers - it’s like running, except the heels of your feet should hit your butt each time you take a step. i did these by “running” in place!
rim jumps 
tricep dips
plié squats - here’s a good video (skip to 37 seconds).
scissors - lunge on one side and then quickly transition into a lunge on your other leg by jumping. that is, switch legs by jumping in the air. 
bicycle crunches 
leg lifts - lie with your back on the ground. then, with your legs straight, lift them up a little over a 45 degree angle, and slowly lower them about 5 inches off the ground. hold for a few seconds.
good luck, and enjoy yourself!
ps. don’t forget to keep your knees behind your toes when squatting and doing lunges.

    just a quick workout. :)

    obviously, the warm-up and cooldown should be at a reasonably slow pace. then, every blue line means that you have to repeat the warm-up (as fast as you can), which really can work up a nice sweat.

    a few explanations…

    • high knees - while working your arms and alternating legs, drive your knees up nice and high (hence, “high knees”).
    • butt kickers - it’s like running, except the heels of your feet should hit your butt each time you take a step. i did these by “running” in place!
    • rim jumps 
    • tricep dips
    • plié squats - here’s a good video (skip to 37 seconds).
    • scissors - lunge on one side and then quickly transition into a lunge on your other leg by jumping. that is, switch legs by jumping in the air. 
    • bicycle crunches 
    • leg lifts - lie with your back on the ground. then, with your legs straight, lift them up a little over a 45 degree angle, and slowly lower them about 5 inches off the ground. hold for a few seconds.

    good luck, and enjoy yourself!

    ps. don’t forget to keep your knees behind your toes when squatting and doing lunges.

    they digest much more slowly, so the food stays in your stomach longer! 

    they digest much more slowly, so the food stays in your stomach longer! 

    hi :) umm, what is a 'bicycle crunch'?

    Anonymous

    hi! when done correctly, bicycle crunches are one of the most effective ab exercises that you can do.

    how do you do them? well, i could describe it to you, but it’s always much better to see it yourself. so here you go!

    just make sure that you don’t bend at the neck (a good indicator of this is if you feel like your neck is straining). remember: it’s an ab exercise, not a neck one. 

    have fun! :)

    in this case, it’s not about speed.
you’ll benefit more from doing your ab workouts slowly and with control!

    in this case, it’s not about speed.

    you’ll benefit more from doing your ab workouts slowly and with control!