Must-Read: Lose That Gut
Here’s a quick thing we want you to do. Get up out of your chair. Stand up straight. Lift up that shirt of yours. (Be careful not to offend anyone else in the office.) Take a nice, hard, cold look at the gut that is sitting right there on your belt line. Are you happy with it? Is it everything you want it to be? Oh, of course not. Unless you’re one of those with the one-percenter’s bodies, then you’re no doubt upset with what you’re carrying right there. Good thing, then, there are ways you can change that.
So today we’re heading over to Men’s Fitness where they have a bunch of ways in order to lose that gut of yours. Seeing as they have 101 ways to do that, we’re just going to go ahead and give you five of them:
When you’re using the elliptical trainer, try letting go of the handles and closing your eyes. (Be careful!) Without the visual feedback, your core muscles will have to work harder to keep you balanced, burning more calories.
View any type of physical activity—even those you try to avoid, such as mowing the lawn—as a chance to burn fat and condition your body. (Just make sure you use a push mower.)
Snack on dill pickles.
They have one calorie per slice.
Take larger steps.
When using the stair climber, skip one out of every five steps. Then take one large step to get back to your normal walking pattern. This step recruits additional muscle, upping fat loss, says Cameron McGarr, C.S.C.S.
Once a week, watch a movie that inspires you to exercise. Examples: Rocky (for the gym), American Flyers (for cycling), Hoosiers (for team sports), and Chariots of Fire and Without Limits (both for running).
That’s just a taste, folks. Head on over to the link above to check out the other 96 of them. And then there’s no excuse for you not to lose that gut.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.