Working towards the perfect set of abs is about more than simply doing crunches – this much we all know. So how can we adjust our lifestyle to maximize our results? It turns out there are a lot of factors to be considered but they all boil down to three key abilities: analyzing, behaving and shaking it up.
Hit The Books
Before you dive into hours-long training sessions and protein shakes, take a step back and define your goals. Long-term, more ambitious goals are fine, but make sure to have some more medium and short-term goals too; reducing the distance between where you are now, and your next checkpoint makes for extra motivation. Make sure to check in with the experts, since getting an accurate notion of how much body fat you need to lose to expose those abs of yours might be a fundamental key to your meal and training plans. Do your homework before you get started on the hard work.
The Importance Of Preparation And Eating Right
Sometimes we neglect how much what we eat can affect our fitness goals. If you are more focused on shaping your abs area, then your meals should be adjusted to that purpose. Of course, protein will be a big part of your regime, but make sure to keep it varied. Also, fats have an unnecessary bad rep: if you keep your fat choices healthy (raw nuts, nut butters and olive oil, for example) you are good to go. The secret to a successful diet is consistency. To avoid any slip-ups (a missed breakfast here and a forgotten mid-afternoon snack there might be the cause for a less successful training session), shop and prepare your food before your upcoming week. Your body will thank you and so will your bank account, since generally, speaking, eating healthier tends to be more expensive, therefore adequate planning makes for proportional shopping which in turn helps you avoid unnecessary spending – if you can shed pounds on both fronts, why not?
Diversity Is Key For Abs
Instead of just doing a few hundred crunches, make your exercise routine varied and adapt it to your preferences. If you are more of a gym fan, go for exercises that allow total body movement, since they encourage fat loss and bigger muscle building response. Should running be your favorite exercise, be sure to do some interval training, since this will help you burn more fat. As you progress towards your goals, also make sure that you increase the difficulty levels in the exercises of your choosing. Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of rest days in your fitness regime – they are there for a reason. Above all, remember that working out your body as a whole will help you shape your abs in a much more healthier and effective way that localized exercises could ever do.
Keep This In Mind
Since no two bodies react the same to exercise, try to avoid comparing your results to the ones of others. All that matters is that you keep making the right choices for the right reasons and be proud of your efforts – the results will come through and so will your much desired abs!