Exercise to tone midsection

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   Posted 11/17/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
What exercises has anyone found to tone the midsection.  I need to do something but don't want to overdo and cause a flare.  It's hard enough to get though my day-to-day without my Fibro getting any worse.  I would appeciate any suggestions for this because I am NOT getting any slimmer in this area.

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   Posted 11/17/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Harleybluz.  I took a yoga class for people with arthritis.  The trainer had us lay on our backs then slowly bring legs straight up.  Inhale, hold your tummy in, then as you exhale slowly lower your legs to the floor.  Then she had us rest for about 30-45 seconds then do another.  We started doing only 4 sets.  I now do 10.  It has helped to tighten me up.
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   Posted 11/17/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
My midsection isn't very toned, but I've been trying to think of stuff that I could do to help it.

Isometrics are probably the easiest. After that I would say things like crunches, supported v-ups, cherry pickers, bridges, pelvic tilts, etc would be the next level. Of course I have certain theories and special modifications that I make to them.

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   Posted 11/17/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw this post and I got so excited. I am going to try lifting my legs, I am scared to do scrunches, but maybe I can work my way up to it. I try to constantly hold in my stomache muscles. I think that helps. I also heard that walking automatically tightens you up.

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   Posted 11/17/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Crunches haven't worked for me. I could do 200 crunches and my middle still looked the same. Cardio helps get rid of the fat in the area. I think cardio works even if you can only do it 10 minutes at a time. I guess there is a debate on that. Someone told me to try pilates, so I am going to do that. It worked before and did help to decrease my neck pain.

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   Posted 11/18/2009 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree cardio is the best for losing fat, but start off slow. I started walking about 10 mins a day. Now I'm up to 30. I haven't lost weight yet, but I've only been up to 30 mins for about a week. What ever exercise you do take it easy.

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   Posted 11/18/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much.  I didn't know where to start and wanted to get the scoop from people who have the same problems as I do.  This is a great start. 

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   Posted 11/18/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
An ab-lounger is pretty easy. I couldn't use it cause going back caused nausea so I gave mine to DGD to get rid of baby belly.
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   Posted 11/18/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Google kettlebell exercises. You don't actually need to buy the weight. A water bottle filled up will do or a can of soup. What ever. The swinging forward exercise is actually really really good and you can just do it a few times a day for a few minutes. You can build up.

This other thing my sister has. It is so fun!!! I don't have one but I am asking for one for Christmas. It sort of hurts at first but it is addicting and I would think it might help. I don't have a vested interest here. This is just the only place I could find it.

I will come back later and see if I can post something about the kettlebell exercise I like. This is a great thread.

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