Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

TO get rid of that spare tyre, aim for at least half an hour of ex­er­cise ev­ery day. Weights work bet­ter than aer­o­bic ex­er­cise on belly fat. Weight train­ing helps main­tain lean mus­cle mass; car­dio­vas­cu­lar ex­er­cise, if pre­scribed in the right way, can also help burn body fat.

If you’re too busy or tired to do a full half hour, do short five to 10 minute ex­er­cise bursts, with eight to 20 sec­onds of ac­tiv­ity and 12 to 20 sec­onds of re­cov­ery, known as High In­ten­sity In­ter­val Train­ing (HIIT).

HIIT is a time-ef­fi­cient way of train­ing — stud­ies have shown it can help im­prove your body’s abil­ity to use en­ergy ap­pro­pri­ately rather than store it as fat.

HIIT quickly uses up your glyco­gen stores so your body burns fat for fuel. Si­tups alone may work your ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles, but they won’t re­duce belly fat.

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