Health Watch - A New Body: Exercise

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about what it takes to get a new body. There are a number of surgical options for helping you lose weight, trim inches and improve your shape. But if surgery isn’t for you, there are still ways to get a new body.

Although new technology and surgical techniques can help reshape your body, the old-fashioned way of diet and exercise is still an option. Unfortunately, spot-reducing exercises don’t really work. No matter how many crunches you do, you won’t get rid of that spare tire without losing weight overall. A healthy diet and cardiovascular exercise will help you lose excess weight throughout your body. Exercise can help you firm and tone, though. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says strength training to build muscle will help you look firmer.

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March 2011


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