Maximizing the Benefits of Working Out

How can you actually have a lump of fat on the outside of your thighs when you’re thin all over? You just can. During the New York City Marathon, a number of female runners who were making pretty darn good times still had “jiggly thighs.” If you’re “programmed” to store it there, it’s very, very difficult to get it off, even if it’s come off everywhere else.

So what can you do?

To maximize the benefits of weight training, train all of your major muscle groups; start with basic exercises for your buttocks, legs, chest, back, shoulders, arms, abs and lower back. There are a limitless number of exercises that build shapely muscles and help reduce the appearance of flabby skin. A qualified personal trainer or “exercise specialist” can help you structure a jump rope program that will work best for you.

Tone your midsection. Many of us, especially women, have particular trouble with stretched-out skin around the middle. If you’ve had a kid or two, we don’t have to tell you that! Targeting your abdominal muscles with a variety of crunches and other middle-body exercises on a regular basis can not only help tone your tummy but also reduce the appearance of flabby skin.

Be realistic. As you age, your skin’s elasticity weakens. If you’ve lost a great deal of weight after being out of shape for many years, your skin stretches. If you’ve been pregnant, the skin around your middle may not bounce back to its original shape. All of those factors, plus genetics, dictate how easily you will be able to tighten up loose skin with exercise.

If exercise and diet doesn’t seem to be cutting it you may want to …

Consult your physician for the next step…cosmetic surgery may be an appropriate option.

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