I can’t think of one person who doesn’t want a tight and toned mid section, and having flat abs actually holds a number of benefits. For instance, if you are single, your chances of attracting ‘hotter’ partners will be greatly enhanced by a healthier and more chiseled body. If you are married, on the other hand, there is a good chance that your hot new ‘flat tummy’ can help to rekindle the love flame that once burned between you and your spouse.
And if you have people who are dependent on you, small children for example, creating a healthier body can increase your life span, giving you more time to take care of your loved ones.
If any of this is motivation enough to make you want to get your abs in shape, here are 6 easy ways to get there faster:
1. Get Moving More
This is one of the easiest ways of losing weight (or staying lean) without even noticing that you are doing extra exercise. You can do this by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, by walking your dog more often and by parking further away from the shop’s entrance.
2. Do Pilates Exercises
Doing Pilates exercise is a great way of firming up your abdominal muscles. This is done by strengthening the core muscles (the muscles of your abs, hip flexors and lower back). Supreme Pilates is one of the best forms of the exercise with a Pilates machine. When you want to get some cardio in together with your Pilates practice, then the aero Pilates xp machine will be well suited for you.
3. Pick A Cardio Exercise That You Can Enjoy
Exercising in ways that you hate will only give you a negative outlook toward exercise, making it less likely that you will be able to stick with your exercise routine. But choosing exercises you enjoy will not only give you a much better chance of reaching your goals, but also a better chance of enjoying the journey.
4. Include Weight Training In Your Exercise Regime
Weight training is one of the best things you can do if you want to lose excess body fat and get (or stay) lean. This is because by building muscles you increase your metabolism and you even burn calories in your sleep. Make sure to exercise your whole body when you choose to do weight training. This will ensure you avoid injuries and that you get the best results.
5. Exercise All The Muscles Of Your Abdominals
If you want well defined abs and if you want to avoid injuries, it is important to exercise all the different muscles of your abs equally. This would include exercise of your internal and external obliques as well as your upper and lower abs.
6. Do Interval Training
Interval training (taking the pace gradually up and then down) is one of the best exercises you can do if you want to lose excess stomach fat and get well defined abs. Make sure that you never exercise for more than 20 minutes at a time and that you really take it up a few notches.
If you implement the above tips, you will surely be seeing a lean, flat tummy in the mirror before too long. But don’t expect any major changes right away. It will take hard work and dedication on your part. Motivation is also important, so write down the reasons why you want flat abs and also keep a little visual reminder close by. This could be something as simple as a photo of a bikini or perhaps a picture of your loved ones. Just remember that in order to keep your abs toned, you will have to keep up with your exercise and a healthy eating plan.