Who doesn't want to get a solid six-pack abs? It's basically like the holy grail of fitness. But before you get in the process of having that awesome lean midsection, here are a few things that you need to know first.
Abs are not made at the gym
You may think that going to the gym is a prerequisite to get that toned abs, but that's not true at all. You can build a strong core without leaving for the gym, by simply doing all your exercises at home. And no, you don't need any equipment to pull that off. As long as the routine is challenging and you're contracting your core, you become even nearer to your dream abs.
If you are too tired to hit the gym, or you don’t have enough time at all, simply look for abdominal workout exercises on the Internet and do it at the comfort of your home.
Diet plays a “major-major” role
Of course, exercise is equally important. But if you don't limit your food intake or if you don't watch out the food that you eat, your ab workout efforts won’t pay off. Your fitness routine should definitely be complemented by your diet so make sure your body fat is not too high in order for your abs to show definition.
You can still enjoy sugar and alcohol, but….
Good news! But wait, let me finish first.
While it's not necessary to completely cut off sugar and alcohol in your diet, you have to consume them in moderation. As suggested by James Stirling, Fitbit UK ambassador, "Just make sure you have a pretty healthy Monday to Friday, where you are on point with your training and diet, so you can enjoy that Saturday night out" he says. "It's part of living life and if you're balanced in the week, generally you’re going to be OK".
So, the keywords here are moderation and healthy choices.
Planks and crunches are actually work!
In continuation of the "no need to hit the gym" fact that I've mentioned earlier, let me introduce to you your new best buddies - planking and crunching.
Contrary to what others say that sit-ups and planks are not enough to give you abs, they have a huge role in building a strong core.
When it comes to creating your abs workout program, do remember that there's no super complicated formula behind it. It's all about being dedicated to commit and change your lifestyle and make no room for excuses to skip diet programs or fitness routines.