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Choose Aerobics to Lose Belly Fat

By Susan Cody HERWriter Guide
 
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Belly fat. It's often the bane of a woman's life! We work out, gain strong legs and arms, strengthen our chests and backs and use weights and resistance work to round it all out.

Then there's the stomach, that area of the body that bore the brunt of childbearing, as well as being the trouble spot of many women, mothers or otherwise. Menopause is no friend to the belly. Lowered metabolism and fatigue can cause weight gain around the stomach area, known as visceral fat.

And visceral fat is the most worrisome of fats. It adversely affects the risk for heart health, diabetes and some kinds of cancer. Since heart disease remains the number one killer of women, belly fat is not something to be ignored.

To read or take take part in a thread about losing menopausal belly fat, click here for EmpowHER's Community discussions on this topic: http://www.empowher.com/menopause/content/how-get-rid-menopause-belly-fat

Some women enjoy mixing up their exercise regime, others prefer to focus only on weight training. Some stick to cardio and others mix it up. Truthfully, many of us don't exercise at all.

A new study conducted by Duke University Medical Center focused on three groups that participated in a set workout. All of the nearly 200 participants were overweight and had an inactive lifestyle.

One group did aerobic training. This is exercise that causes a person to move quickly, increases heartbeat quite significantly, and increases lung function. Aerobic activities include running, tennis and swimming.

Another group did weight and resistance training only, such as free weights, weight machines and push-ups. The third group did a combination of both.

From Medical News Daily, this is how the three groups were set up:

• Aerobic training group, doing the equivalent of 12 miles jogging weekly, at 80 percent maximum heart rate.

• Resistance training group, doing 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions three times per week.

• Combination group (aerobic plus resistance)

The participants were supervised closely to make sure they participated correctly.

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Hey every one , 

loosing fat is not so complicated, as long we understand the process 

1st  of all we need to increase our metabolsm , so our body can burn fat fast.
2nd  we need to avoid junk food , and sugar cause that will increase the insulin , and our body will be busy trying to reduce the insulin
3rd  special kind of workouts , that train muscle group , the more muscle the more we can loose fat

for more information , please visit http://www.bodybuildingone.net
thank you

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