My favorite exercise at the gym is the elliptical. I use the one w/out the "arms" but I have found that if I pump my own arms, similar to a power walk, I burn a lot more calories, and engage my core. My abs are sore the next day without even doing crunches!
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Whenever doing core exercises like crunches, plank position, or push-ups or any sort of cardio work out (e.g., kick boxing, zumba, etc.), I always make sure to engage my core. This means pulling your navel towards your spine and visualizing them touching. It strengthens those muscles and helps your midsection look flatter sooner.
If your stomach pokes out while you are working on your core, your muscles will begin to develop that outward pooch.
Working in a call center = sitting on your butt all day. So I replaced my office chair with a stability ball. It has improved my posture and it keeps my core actively engaged. I have read you can burn up to 6% more calories than sitting in a regular office chair. I find myself doing squats and also bouncing during the day in between calls.Give it a try you can bounce your way to fit too! 381
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