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How to get a flat belly after 40

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Being able to maintain a slim, flat belly often becomes more challenging as we age. Factors like menopause, hormonal imbalance, and loss of muscle mass can often make it more difficult to lose weight around the tummy despite exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. Fortunately, there are several tweaks you can make to your lifestyle that effectively fight age-related weight gain in your abdominal region. Follow these tips to achieve a flat belly beyond …

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How to do strength training without a gym membership

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Strength training is an excellent tool for losing weight, boosting your metabolism, and improving your overall health. If you want to improve your fitness level and lose excess weight, you don’t necessarily need a gym membership to accomplish those goals. For some, going to the gym can be costly, inconvenient, or intimidating. If you’re just not into going to the gym for whatever reason, you can still establish a solid strength training routine on your …

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7 common fitness myths

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If you’ve ever spent time at the gym or spoken to friends and family about fitness, chances are you’ve unknowingly heard dozens of fitness myths. “No pain, no gain,” “running is bad for your knees,” and “you should always stretch before workouts” are some common beliefs about fitness you may have heard at some point in your life. But are these things really true? Some popular fitness myths can actually increase your risk for injury, …

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Easy ways to build muscle

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Strength training is one of the most effective ways to lose fat and become slimmer — whether you’re male or female. Many people assume that strength training lends to weight gain and a bulkier appearance, when in fact, muscle building increases your metabolism and allows your body to burn more calories in a resting state. Also, muscle takes up less room on your body than fat due to its density, and improves your muscle tone …

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Types of exercise that are actually fun

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Weight loss can be a long, difficult process if you absolutely dread your workouts. When your workouts aren’t fun, you may not feel compelled or motivated to exercise in the first place, which can impede your overall progress. But when you find an exercise you love and look forward to, your excess weight will start dropping off more quickly than ever! Are you in a major workout slump? These exercises might be exactly what you …

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6 fitness mistakes that can lead to a weight-loss plateau

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Seeing positive weight-loss results after you’ve been exercising regularly can feel highly motivating and rewarding. But when you suddenly stop losing weight, you may feel confused, frustrated, and ready to give up — especially when you’ve been consistent with exercise and healthy eating. When you’ve reached a certain fitness level, you may need to change your fitness routine to get back on track with weight loss, and to overcome your weight-loss plateau. Have you suddenly …

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Post-workout mistakes that could ruin your results

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You’ve made a commitment to exercise more and lose weight. Maybe you’ve even started working out every day. But no matter how hard you hit the gym, the real progress happens after your workout. It’s during periods of rest and recovery that your muscles repair themselves and grow. That means what you do when your workout is finished is just as important as the workout itself. And if you’re making any of these common post-workout …

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10 ways to make running more fun

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Do you think running is boring? Or hard? Or lonely? Even though these perceptions may keep you from lacing up your sneakers, it might be worth giving running another shot. Running is a great way to improve your overall health and well-being, strengthen your immune system, lower your risk of chronic disease, relieve stress, and improve your confidence and self-esteem. Plus, you can do it practically anywhere, without any special equipment other than your shoes. …

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10 ways to motivate yourself to exercise every day

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Many of us sit in a car to commute to a desk job, and then rush home to make dinner, help the kids with their homework, do some laundry, and get ready to do it all again the next day. How are we supposed to work in our recommended 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise? Unless we make exercise a priority, it’s likely to be the first thing we let slide. Follow these 10 …