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A 43-year-old member asked:

can you tell me are sit-ups for exercise for the stomach?

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Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Family Medicine 17 years experience
No.: They are exercises for the abdominal muscles that cover your abdominal cavity. The stomach is a visceral organ inside the abdominal cavity. You give that a workout by eating. Don't eat too much. ;)
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
The do stress: The abdominal muscles. But there are many exercises for the abdominal, like hip raises, planks, hanging knee raises !

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the number one doctor-recommended exercise to loose stomach fat except for sit ups?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Cardio Mix: While sit-ups can increase abdominal muscle mass they will only minimially help you loose stomach fat, if any. To loose adipose tissue work on a cardio mix (walking, running, biking, swimming, circuit training, etc - mix it up). Keep in mind that you can not target one specific area of the body to loose weight, and over time the adipose will decrease in many areas of your body (stomach included).

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