So You Want Sexier Abs?
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The common misconception is that consistent exercise is all it takes to get the toned tummy of your dreams. I'm here to tell you that while exercise does play a significant role on the journey to a tighter core, there are other factors that come into play as well.
The Diet. Abs are made in the kitchen. If you don't maintain a diet that’s high in protein and good fats, you'll never see the abs you work so hard for. You have to remove foods such as white bread, pasta, soda, candy, fast food, hydrogenated oils, and high-fructose corn syrup from your diet. Replacements for these foods include whole-grain bread and pasta, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, chicken, fish, beef, and other foods that are high in protein.
Hydration. Water is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. While we love to consume sodas and sweet drinks, we have to remember that these drinks are filled with empty calories. Plus, carbonated drinks often lead to bloating, which covers up the abs beneath layers of fat.
The Workout. Researchers and health professionals have concluded that there are three types of exercises that need to be performed on a regular basis to create ideal abs: cardio, weightlifting, and abdominal-focused training. For cardio, try walking for one minute on the treadmill and then sprinting for 15-30 seconds; repeat this action 10 times.
When performing abdominal-focused training, be sure to concentrate on upper, middle, and lower abs. Choose an exercise for each of these target areas and carry them out for a week. (See video links below.) Abdominal exercises should be done three times a week, but be sure to leave a full day between each abdominal workout to allow muscles to rest and repair.
Remember that the results won't be immediate, but with hard work you’ll begin to notice a difference. With healthy changes, you’ll not only look better, but also feel better.
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Buffie Carruth is the owner of Bodynomics.