Common question at this time of the year – how do I get killer abs? The answer is: it’s a lot of hard work but you can do it if you put your mind to it.
Sit ups alone will not get you nice abs. You should include cardiovascular exercise 3-4 times per week (for 20-30 mins) which can be running, swimming, biking, dancing, Zumba classes, etc. Basically something that keeps your heart rate up. It should feel intense! If you don’t sweat then you’re not working hard enough. When you do cardiovascular exercise you burn fat. Remember that the fat burned will be overall body fat and not only in your abdominal area. There is no way to run and only burn fat on either your thighs or your abs!
On top of cardio you should also do core exercises that will work your abs. When you start losing the fat through cardio, your ab muscles will start to poke through. Believe it or not but when you exercise chances are you’re automatically working your abs even though you’re not specifically doing sit ups. Some of my favorite exercise that work the abs are:
- Push Ups
- Leg Lifts
- Exercise Ball Crunches
I personally cannot stand sit ups and so I do planks and leg lifts to keep my abs in tact! You can probably research additional exercises that don’t resemble sit ups that will give your abs a workout.
I don’t mean that you have to start a strict diet regimen. Diet does, however, play a big role in keeping those abs tight. We all know that fat loves to collect in that area. With that said you really have to pay attention to:
1. Portion Control – this is huge! Portion control is very important not just for abs but for overall weight loss or weight maintenance. I recommend eating small portions but often. Ideally you want to eat 6 small meals per day. This really helps when it comes to keeping that stomach flat!
2. Food Choices – when you do eat choose superfoods. You’re consuming calories right? So those calories might as well contain all the other good stuff too. Superfoods are foods that are packed with nutrients and a few examples are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, egg whites and the list goes on. Avoid empty calories such as chips, cookies, candy, soda and beer. Those pitchers of beer got to go!
Success does not come overnight. Being healthy and looking good takes work. If you stick to exercise, practice portion control and make healthy food choices, you will get those nice abs you dream about. If you’re persistent enough then these habits will eventually become permanent and that’s what you want right? I’m sorry if you were looking for a magic bullet here but there isn’t one!
If you have any other ab exercise ideas or have anything to share that might be helpful in this area, please do!