Even 15 minutes a day of brisk walking makes a difference to stress levels and weight control. Thirty minutes a day is even better.

Doing daily sit-ups works to reduce “belly (or gut) fat”. Belly fat, also known as visceral adipose tissue (VAT) produces naughty substances (polypeptide hormones and cytokines) leading to inflammation which can damage blood vessels and major organs.

Simply said, think of cytokines as “body rust”. As rust is bad for a car, cytokines are bad for us! Research has shown high amounts of “gut fat” (VAT) precedes chronic health problems of high blood pressure, glucose intolerance leading to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

There are many ways to reduce the “belly fat” so plan to find one or two and do several repetitions of them daily. Besides sit-ups, another one is to touch your right foot with your left hand — “cross-overs/bend-overs” is one you might start doing every morning while watching early day news and weather. Every little bit helps!

“Move ye couch potato!” is the perfect Little Nudge for this goal.

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