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This Five-Move Routine Helped Me Build Strength In My Core

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Ab workouts aren’t limited to athletes and the under-30 crowd.

As a matter of fact, seniors rank as one of the top groups who should be doing core strengthening exercises on a regular basis, because targeting your midsection with exercises that sculpt and strengthen is key for staying healthy and active.

Around the age of 30, we start to lose our muscle mass if we don’t do anything to actively replace it.

These five exercise for love handles are toning exercises specifically to target love handles, and will have you feeling the burn!

Workout Instructions:

Go through the five exercises as instructed, rest one minute, and repeat the list two more times.

Do this workout three times a week for best results.

Note: if you don’t have a medicine ball, a dumbbell or other weighted item will work

Full Body Roll-Up: 12 Reps/Side

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Start lying on mat with arms extended overhead, legs long, and feet flexed.

Inhale as you lift arms up and begin curling chin and chest forward. Exhale as you roll the entire torso up and over legs keeping abs engaged and reaching for toes.

Inhale as you begin rolling your spine back down one vertebra at a time and exhale as the upper portion of the back lower and arms reach pack overhead.  Repeat moving slowly and using the abdominals to lift and lower, not momentum.

Russian Twist: 12 Full Rotations (24 Twists)

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How to do Russian twists:

Start seated with knees bent and feet flat on the floor and holding both hands in front of chest (a dumbbell is optional).

Keeping the spine long and the abdominals tight, lean back slightly and lift the feet a few inches off the floor. (To modify, keep the feet on the floor.)

Slowly twist the torso to the left and bring the hands beside the left hip. Return to center, and then slowly twist to the right and bring the hands beside the right hip to complete one rotation.

Side Plank Lift and Lower: 12 Reps/Side

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Come into a side forearm plank by lying in one long line on one side stacking your elbow under your shoulder and keeping your forearm on mat perpendicular to your body.

Stack your feet and stay in one long line as you engage your core and lift your hips up forming a side forearm plank.

Dip your hips down towards the mat and lift back up using your obliques and core muscles.

Perform 12 times on the right side and 12 times on the left side.

Swimmers: 30 Seconds

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Lie on your stomach with the legs and arms extended. Engage your abdominals so you feel your transverse abdominis contract.

Lift your arms and legs off the floor and keep your nose in a hover above the mat. Flutter your arms and legs like you’re swimming, moving from the hips and shoulders (not the knees and elbows).

Inhale for 4 counts, exhale for 4 counts.

Oblique Crunch with Long Legs: 12 Reps/Side

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Start lying on side in one long line, shoulder stacked over elbow and on forearm. Swing your legs forward and lean back on glutes slightly (like your sitting on the back pocket of your blue jeans) and lift legs off the mat on the diagonal, extend top arm long.

Contract your core as you reach your toes up to your hand. Then lower legs and lift arm to return to start. Remember to repeat on the other side.

53 Best Weight Loss Snacks

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To keep you from going crazy with calories even when the saltiest of cravings hit, my team and I rounded up our best weight loss snack recipes that are super easy to throw together. And when you don’t have time or you’re on the go, we also made a list of our favorite healthy purchased snacks too.

One of the keys when it comes to weight loss is preparation. If you get over-hungry, it can lead to over-eating at mealtimes which is why a healthy snack can actually aid in your weight loss goals.

53 Best Weight Loss Snacks

The 10 Yoga Poses You Should Do Everyday

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Simply put, a daily yoga routine makes you feel good. No matter where you find yourself or how much time you have, you can do the 10 yoga poses below and start your day with a centered mind and a refreshed body. Because beyond the mental benefits of yoga, the way your body will feel after a good stretch is vital to a healthy lifestyle.

The 10 Yoga Poses You Should Do Everyday

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