3. EMBRACE RESISTANCE TRAINING
Muscle burns calories even when it isn’t engaged in lifting groceries or propelling you up a long set of stairs. It’s more metabolically active than fat is, requiring more calories just to sustain itself on your skeleton. The secret to staying lean as you age is to build muscle through resistance training. We’re not talking about bulging bodybuilder muscles. Just firm, toned, attractive muscle. You can do it by using body-weight-only exercises or exercise bands or by lifting weights. Studies have shown that total-body resistance training actually targets visceral fat. In one study at the University of Alberta, researchrs found that people who performed a high-intensity resistance routine along with their cardio lost more than four times as much belly fat as cardio-only exercisers.