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Toning tips for a petite girl?

By January 6, 2011 - 11:18pm
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Hi, I'm 18 years old, 103lbs and 5 feet tall. I've had a very small frame my entire life and have never had to worry about weight. (Height, that's a different story..) I don't exercise frequently and I have no desire whatsoever to lose weight, in fact, I'm trying to gain a bit more...
I really want to start exercising for health benefits but I don't really want to bulk up or drop any pounds. I'd love to learn how to tone my midsection/core and adopt a cardio regime, can anyone recommend exercises that would do this without making me lose weight?

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Hi Erin,
Thank you for your question. At 5 feet tall and 103 lbs, you are at a healthy weight and I agree that you should not lose weight. If you wanted to tone up the stomach area only, here are a few exercises that you can do http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/bestabexercises/a/betterabs.htm from About.com.

Now, if you wanted to also include some cardio into your routine without losing weight, you must calculate the amount of calories you eat in one day first. Then calculate the calories lost by the cardio activity that you intend to do and make sure you eat the amount of calories you are losing by the cardio that you are doing. Here is a great link on how to keep track of your calories in and out from http://www.caloriesperhour.com/. This site provides you the option to maintain your current weight and how many calories you need to maintain.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask. I hope this helps.

January 8, 2011 - 11:16am
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