When it comes to shedding stubborn belly fat after 40, there’s some bad news and some good news.

Let’s start by getting the bad news out of the way: To achieve a slimmer stomach, you have to be active. There’s no way around it, folks.

The good news is that there are lots of ways to add more fitness into your life. When we asked six different women to share the workouts that helped them lose (or stave off) those extra midlife kilos, we got six different answers—from strength training and high-intensity intervals to walking and water aerobics.

Here’s a look at what worked for them, plus, how you can follow their lead and get a slimmer stomach:

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