Women: Running can reduce fat in trouble spots

Twenty-four women who dieted and walked for six months in a recent University of Maryland study lost about 8 percent of their weight on average. But they lost 16 percent of the fat in their thighs, showing that targeted exercise combined with diet can reduce fat trouble spots.

Fat-killing calcium
Calcium may rev up your engine for breaking down fat. A recent study from the University of Texas have found that calcium helps determine whether calories are stored as fat or burned for energy. An active person taking the government recommendation of calcium 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams a day could lose 7 pounds over the course of a year.

Icing limits
When using the "peas on the knees" remedy for inflamed and painful muscles, wrap the bag of frozen vegetables in a damp towel first, and do not apply it to the afflicted area for more than 30 minutes. Limit application to 10 minutes in areas with little fat or muscle; otherwise, you may freeze the tissue below the skin, stop blood flow, and sustain severe frostbite.

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