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post #1 of 5 Old 06-13-2010, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Getting Fit?

So I always thought I was at least 5 lbs overweight, but when I actually took the time to look it up I realized that I'm at almost ideal weight for my height...it's just that I'm extremely out of shape and that's why I always felt so fat and bloated.

My legs and arms are strong from riding and lifting stuff and whatnot, but I need tips on how to get my core all "toned up". I've started back into skipping and running; are those things good for your abs or more your legs? Also, is biking a good workout? Everything I do around home (lifting bales, saddles, carrying heavy buckets etc) only seems to go to my arms and legs. I used to be able to run any distance at track and finish in the top three and was on a skipping team in elementary school, which involved us skipping for almost an hour straight. I don't know how I got so out of shape..
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-13-2010, 06:08 PM
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Sit ups, crunches, etc will work on that area more specifically. In everything that you do (lifting, chores, etc) try tightening your abs and holding it like that.
Or, if you REALLY want a good workout: I have a couple of friends trying the "P90x" fitness dvds and they claim that the dvds are the best workout they've tried. Though, I think it's kind of pricey.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-13-2010, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, fitness DVDs and such usually are pretty expensive. I'll have to try sit-ups and crunches and stuff, though, thanks :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-15-2010, 07:49 PM
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Lifting weights up and down from head height does help keep your abs strong. However, swimming is an excellent sport for strengthening up that back and core. Also in addition to the sit-ups etc you can do what I call a plank - some call it bridging.
You lie on your stomach then get up on your elbows (cushion is good) and toes, holding yourself in the shape you were when on the floor.
Aim is to hold this position for 1 min then have a min rest - hold for 1 min then 30sec rest - hold for 30secs have 30sec rest - hold for 30sec have 15sec rest then hold for 15sec.
Do that 3 or 4 times a week and you'll notice a difference.

You can also lie on your side then bring yourself up on your elbow and foot holding yourself in a straight line. You can progress from your elbow to hand and holding one foot in the air. That really works your core and balance.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-16-2010, 11:37 AM
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I agree, crunches and situps, and palites! Make sure you're working your lower abs as well as your upper abs.

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