"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.
I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.
"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler
Six pack abs for a long time have been a high point in the search for the perfect body among men and women. People believe that to have an impressive physique; you need to live your life in the gym. (Not so fast my friend:))
Unfortunately, our fast paced lifestyle nowdays, makes it next to impossible to take the time to concentrate on those abs. However, there are simple methods that can help you get nice looking abs and get rid of that belly fat. In fact, listed below are some pretty nice ways to work your way to an impressive core. (Here’s a hint….you already have those abs!)
1. Don’t eat while watching the TV.
Studies show that our mind and body will focus on the film and television show, unmindful of the quantity of food intake at that time. Chances of overeating while watching your favorite sporting event, show or movie are practically a guarantee. (More pizza is consumed during the Super Bowl than at any other time of the year.)
2. Breakfast should be your biggest meal. (We all know that one.)
As we wake up, the metabolism of our body accelerates and fat starts to burn. It is important to eat enough protein to keep up with the daily activities. People also tend to overeat the next meal once they have skipped breakfast in an attempt to fill the energy void felt.
3. Regular eating habits keep the stomach and digestion working in perfect condition.
Irregular meals allow the stomach to release digestive juices at wrong times thus increasing hunger pangs. Five small meals are normally recommended.
4. Water is essential for any person doing a workout as they tend to sweat more and need hydration.
The more water you drink, the better. It is not necessary to follow the regime of intake of only eight glasses of water. You could take in more as required. A well-hydrated body has regular fat burning and body metabolic process. (I also add in Crystal Light since it’s water based.)
5. Milk is a great source of calcium, protein, and fat.
Nonfat milk will help to reduce fat intake. There are better options to milk as well like protein shakes and low fat yogurt. Do some research and select the right drink after or as your pre-workout, choose the healthier alternative rather than the one that just tastes good. (I like low fat chocolate milk for my post work treat.)
6. Dieting unless coupled with a healthy exercise program is really not the way to success.
Whether weekly, daily or bi-weekly, include exercises in your life. The less fat on your body the more the abs will stand out.
7. Weight Training and some cardiovascular exercises are usually needed to tone and maintain the look of six-pack abs.
These workouts will raise your stamina and it helps your heart and lungs as well as to help you lose fat. The time devoted to cardio workouts can vary starting from five minutes to 45 minutes per day. Really no more than an hour a day, because it will begin to hurt your immune system. (I learned that one the hard way. I ran my immune system down so badly that it was one of the reasons I got cancer.)
8. You don’t have to go to the gym!
A nice morning walk or jog, or using the stairs instead of the elevator or impromptu workouts during your break time using a chair or the table as props can be beneficial, as well.
9. Add healthy fats to your diet;
People get scared by word fats, however; some fats are good for your health like fish oil, flax seed oil, and extra virgin olive oil to name some. Try to incorporate them in your daily intake. Also, add more fiber into your diet to keep you feeling full. (I take Psyllium Husk Fiber a couple of times a day.)
10. Lift heavier weights.
Once you’re warmed up, try to do five sets of five and the last few reps should be pretty hard to do. You don’t have to do as many exercises as you would with high reps and light weight. (Use your common sense in how much weight to use.) Don’t try to show off and try to lift too heavy of weight and hurt yourself. Don’t be afraid, your body won’t turn into massive amounts of muscle, like a body builder.
May Your Next Workout Be Your Best!