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I am 41 years old and weigh 130 pounds. I really need to tone, especially my midsection on down. What are the best exercises that do not take a lot of time?

Unfortunately there’s no way to “target” fat in one particular area on your body. When you start to lose fat, you lose it from all over.

With that said, “toning” is a pretty fuzzy word that really means you need to grow some muscles, which means strength training. You can’t have muscle tone without muscles, and you can’t see muscles that are covered up by a layer of fat.

If you’re looking for quick, effective workouts, just use your body weight. Start with body weight squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks. No equipment necessary. For the most bang for your buck cardio-wise, sprints are the answer. Try 8, 30-second sprints with 1 minute of rest in between.

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