3 Tips to Manage Your Trouble Zones

Do you long for six-pack abs? Do you focus on your trouble zones so much that despite your efforts you don’t see the results you want?


Talk to any woman and you may get an earful about this. One mom spends years trying to get toned arms, while another gets every gadget under the sun to achieve flat abs.

Wherever you are in this journey, it’s important to do a periodic check-in to assess what’s really going on and to develop a plan for what to do next. The following tips will help you deal with your trouble zones without missing a beat.

Tip #1: Check your nutrition.

You can’t get away from the importance of solid nutrition – period. For example, if you have a lot of belly fat, there are some foods that may complicate things. Diary can cause bloating, and recipes with wheat and flour can also be a problem.

If you don’t journal now is a good time to start.  I’ve suggested it before but here’s my plug again for myfitnesspal.com.  Keep a close watch on sugar and other comfort foods that can cause problems for your waistline.

Tip #2:  Train your entire body.

This is where weight machines can get you in trouble. Avoid the machines especially if you want to see continual changes in your body. Nothing beats doing a good-old-fashioned plank and the numerous variations that go along with it. Doing body weight push-ups is also a great way to engage your core muscles, chest, arms, and shoulders.  When you train your lower body, add upper body movements such as lateral raises and twists to work more muscles and get better results. Multi-joint exercises are the key to working trouble zones plus your whole body will reap the benefits.

Tip #3: Accent the non-trouble zones.

Do you have shapely arms or long legs? Whatever body part looks good, play it up. Get in the habit of showing off the area that looks good and seems to shape up quickly.  For example, if you have great calves, don’t wait until your arms get in shape.  Wear skirts and dresses that play up your assets to balance out your other areas.  During your workouts wear stylish workout gear that plays up your assets.

As you work towards your goals, attitude is everything.  Avoid dwelling on that one area that doesn’t seem to tone up.  Instead, focus on your overall nutrition, effective workouts, and highlighting your non-trouble zones.

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