10:27 AM EDT, May 28, 2012
SELF Workout in the Park
Saturday, May 21
Butler Field, Grant Park
350 East Monroe Street
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine!
Special Guest Appearance on the Main Stage in Chicago: Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and author
Tickets will be sold at the door for $20. Cash only or get them ahead of time at www.selfworkoutinthepark.com
Here are a couple sneaky stomach slimmers to try to get an added bonus.
While you're working out: On the elliptical or treadmill, keep your back straight, head forward and abs tight. Perfect posture will target your tummy as you sizzle calories.
When you're in the car: Tighten and release abs repeatedly at red lights. It's the ab equivalent of Kegels: a little move that yields results almost without your noticing.
When you're at your desk: Give belly pooch the pink slip with pilates breathing: Gently suck in your gut as if you were buttoning a tight pair of jeans. Then breathe without allowing your abs to relax. Do this for 30 seconds. Repeat five times
When you're walking Fido: Brace against leash tugging and banish your belly: Keeping torso upright with shoulders back, engage abs for five strides; relax them for five strides. Repeat until you're back at your front door.
Flat AB Food List:
Incorporate these foods into your weekly routine to get the fat busting benefits:
Avocados: Merely half of one avocado contains 10 grams of healthy monounsaturated fats, which stop the blood sugar spikes that tell your body to store fat around your midsection.
Bananas: The fruit packs 422 milligrams of potassium, a mineral that can help limit the amount of belly-swelling sodium in your body.
Berries: Antioxidants can improve blood flow, delivering more oxygen to muscles, so ab-revealing cardio is easier.
Chocolate skim milk: A glass teams carbohydrates with protein to promote muscle building. Drink post-workout to speed recovery.
Green tea: Three cups daily may rev your metabolism and burn 30 calories, a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows. The compound ECGC in the tea makes it easier to burn fat.
Oranges: Supermarket shocker: Vitamin C in colorful produce, like oranges and red peppers, can help you zap up to 30 percent more fat during exercise, research from Arizona State University at Mesa suggests.
Whole grains: The filling fiber in foods like oatmeal, brown rice and bulgur aids in keeping your body's insulin levels low. Researchers speculate this may shrink fat cells. Carb lovers, rejoice!
Yogurt: A cup encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gut, crowding out other bugs that can cause bloating.
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