So you want six pack abs… Who doesn’t?
Having a well toned midsection to show off not only attracts the right kind of attention but boosts your confidence, well-being and gives you a stronger core.
Lets face it.
Everyone wants to look good! Below are some quick tips on how to define those muscles and reduce your tummy fat to make sure those washboard abs start peeking through. Best of all, you don’t have to spend your life in the gym or eat celery sticks to get them.
Music to your ears right?
Let’s start with the belly busters and then move onto the muscle makers.
1: Avoid Eating While Watching the TV
A little habit we’re all guilty of. Studies show that we are at risk of overeating if our brains are engaged in too many activities at once, and as we can be watching a movie or TV program on average between 45 minutes to 2 hours we aren’t giving our brains the chance to let us know we are full. So step away from the popcorn and invest in a dining table!
2: Breakfast, Breakfast, Breakfast!
It seems our parents were right all along. Breakfast is a very important meal of the day since our metabolism kicks into overdrive when we wake up and will continue to remain high if we feed ourselves. Depriving your body of this important meal only makes your stomach produce excess acids which make you ravenous for your next available meal, risking you to overeat or crave those naughty sugary, fatty foods. We’ve all caved!
3: Eat Regularly
So now that you’re eating breakfast (or something when you wake up) we need to keep our stomachs fed so they’re not guessing when the next meal will be. Little and often is the key here to help keep that metabolism working hard all day long which will promote your body to use stored fats for energy. Small pieces of food such as grapes and nuts are great snacks as you haven’t got the commitment of finishing off a larger piece of food for the sake of it.
4: Drink Plenty of Water
Yep, you guessed it, this has got to be the number one rule if you want to lose that stubborn tummy flab. Not only does hydrating your body make your brain more alert and focused, but just like eating, you body needs regular intakes and enough water each day to sustain cell renewal and digestion. We are made up of 99‰ water after all. Drinking 8 glasses or 4 pints a day may come as a shock to your bladder so build yourself up slowly to the RDA. Then again, sitting on the loo keeps your head out of the fridge right!?
5: Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Glucose is addictive, it’s hard to cut down on because once consumed our brains release feel-good endorphins which we can’t seem to get enough of. This isn’t to say you have to throw out all those twinkies you bought on offer or replace all your sugar with sweeteners, treat yourself once in awhile with big calorific/sugar intake if you must and try to reduce your daily sugar consumption elsewhere like in tea and coffee.
6: Suck It In
Engage those core muscles when you are standing, walking, sitting or just when you remember. By tensing these muscles you are putting them under prolonged pressure which will gradually tone them up and define them. You could even invest in an ab belt which stimulates the muscles to contract by sending little painless electronic shock waves to them.
7: Find a Workout That Suits You
I didn’t say this journey would be pain free.. But I can assure you an ab workout isn’t all about mundane floor crunches, in fact there are many other exercises which target your abdominals just as well which you might actually enjoy. Check out the full list here.
8: Get a Personal Trainer
This doesn’t necessarily mean stepping foot in a gym. There are plenty of motivational You Tubers to follow an exercise routine at home which work just as well. One of the benefits of going to the gym involve a bigger selection of equipment and someone who will shout in your ear to work harder. Someone guiding you is going to maximise your time effectively instead of you flopping around like a fish and wondering where those abs have got to.
9: Lift Weights
This will of course start toning other important muscles like you biceps, shoulder and quad muscles, yet doing a few sets of deadlifts and power presses to name a few will strengthen your back and core immensely. No nasty cardio involved.
10: Give Your Body a Break
It’s really important to respect those muscles you’re trying so hard to coax out. If you’ve pushed yourself hard enough your muscles will need a few days to repair and strengthen so they’re ready for your next beating. Remember to take some good quality supplements in tablet form or protein shakes to speed up your recovery time, and above all, sleep!
If you can adopt just some of these tips you really will start seeing a difference in your appearance in no time. You could focus on the fat burning tips to begin with, since a hydrated body leads the way to a clear and focused mind that is more likely to agree to regular exercise, a well balanced menu and the will-power to get those abs!