Magazine article Work & Family Life

Tighten Your Tummy for Health Benefits

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Tighten Your Tummy for Health Benefits

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Carrying extra weight in your midsection is not just a vanity concern. It's been linked with an increased risk for some serious health problems, says Dr. Patricia A. Bloom of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

She says that "increased abdominal girth" may be associated with "metabolic syndrome," which may include hypertension, insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides and low HDL (or "good" cholesterol).

But don't target belly fat specifically. Instead, says Dr. Bloom, reduce your risk through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, taking brisk daily walks and eating more fruits and vegetables and less fat.

You might also think about taking a yoga or pilâtes class to help slim and strengthen your belly muscles and improve your balance and flexibility. …

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