Finally Get The Six-Pack That You’ve Always Wanted
Author: L. Pogan
Summer is right around the corner, the days of laying on the beach or by the pool will be here before you know it. Wouldn”t you love to have a flat, toned stomach or the ultimate six-pack? There is no quick fix or fad diet that will achieve these results, it takes dedication and hard work. But the pay off is extraordinary, the confidence to walk around in your swimsuit and not care if anyone is looking. Let this be the summer you walk around in that bikini or with your shirt off, showing off your amazing abs.
Nutrition is the key to a flat toned tummy. Eating natural, whole foods over processed foods and fast food, will allow you to eat more food for less calories. Eating smaller more frequent meals throughout the day will keep your metabolism burning all day. Plus eating smaller more frequent meals will keep you feeling full and therefore less likely to overeat. It is a good idea to plan your meals. By planning your meals and snacks for the entire day, you reduce the temptation to eat things just for the convenience. You should aim to eat every 3 to 4 hours and each meal or snack should contain protein and complex carbs, to help you feel fuller longer. Correcting your eating habits is an important step to achieving the abs of your dreams. Your abs will never show if you have a layer of stubborn belly fat blocking them.
Abdominal muscles consist of three layers. The very deepest layer is the transversus abdominis, it acts as the body’s girdle, providing support and stability. The middle layer, the rectus abdominis, which flexes the spine. And the internal and external obliques, which turn the trunk and provide the body with rotation and lateral movement. For a tight, toned tummy, you have to work all three layers.
Having strong abs is important for overall wellness. It is important to strengthen your core for better posture, to decrease lower-back pain, and to reduce the risk or injury. Strengthening your core can also improve your abilities in other sports like golf and tennis. Having that flat stomach or six-pack is just an added bonus.
You do not need to do 1000 crunches a day to achieve a six-pack. One of the biggest mistakes people make is over training the abdominal area. You should train your abs like every other muscle in your body. You would not do 1000 squats or bicep curls a day, would you? You really only need to focus on the abdominal area 2 to 3 times a week at most. You don\’t need any kind of crazy contraptions or machines, just a simple group of exercises.
You do not need to do all of these exercises every time you train your abs. Pick 3 or 4 exercise and change it up regularly, only do 20 to 25 reps, and no more than 3 sets. Allow yourself 30 to 60 seconds between sets. Good form is most important, fewer reps done correctly will show far better results than tons of rep with poor form. It doesn’t matter which exercises you choose, as long as you include a variety that trains all abdominal areas. And you don’t have to stick with laying on the floor the whole time. Some of the best moves come from yoga and pilates were core training is the goal. These types of exercises really focus on the deep abdominal muscles that pull everything in, helping you feel taller and leaner.
The final piece of the puzzle is cardiovascular training. You don\’t have to run 10 miles, but you do need to get your heart rate up and burning fat. You can do any kind of cardio that you like; walking, running, swimming, cycling or any other type that you enjoy. By combining these three steps, you can be on your way to the sexy stomach you’ve always desired. This does not happen overnight. You could start to see results in as little as 8 weeks if done correctly. And with continued commitment and training you can achieve results that will last a lifetime.
About the Author:
L. Pogan is a working mother of 2 young boys. She has a passion for health and fitness. And knows first hand that having a strong, healthy body takes hard work and dedication, but it is possible.