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Core training to reduce belly fat and improve your posture is currently the centre of attention. Core training targets not just the abdominals but all the muscle groups that stabilize the spine: back, side flank, lower loin, pelvic floor and diaphragm. For both men and women, these muscle groups tend to weaken with age unless specifically exercised.

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Both men and women have a natural girdle — the core muscles. In fact, toned core muscles may be the best control you can give yourself. Dr. Doug Richards, medical director of the David L. Macintosh Sport Medicine Clinic and assistant professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Physical Education and Health (www.macintoshclinic.ca), suggests these exercises.

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