There’s no doubt about it, having a flat, sexy stomach or rock-hard abs is sexy. The abdominal muscles are also the first to get out of shape with age, through an unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise. Some may not mind having love handles, a pot belly, or a few spare tires around the middle, but most would prefer to have firm abs and burn belly fat away.
Here are a few facts and myths when it comes to creating really hot abs and melting stomach fat:
There are a lot of foods on the market that purport to be healthy, nonfat, high protein, and so forth. The truth is that many of these foods are just junk foods in disguise. Some companies have a huge advertising budget and they can get the public to believe that their food or product is the only thing that will help them to lose weight and get the stomach of their dreams. Forget all of those expensive foods and do most of your shopping around the outer perimeters of the store. Focus on fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
When trying to strengthen abs and get a sexy stomach, most people copy Christian Bale in American Psycho and do hundreds of sit-ups, trying to get a six-pack. The truth is, these exercises, along with abdominal machines sold at stores and through infomercials are the least effective methods when it comes to getting a flat stomach.
Want to burn body fat? Forget about long sessions of cardio. A lot of people think if they burn fat their abs will finally be in the spotlight. This isn’t the case.
Pills and diets that burn fat and supposedly build muscle? Nobody really needs these if you eat healthy foods and follow the exercises below.
To Strengthen the Upper Abs
Lie down on the floor with knees bent and feet firmly on the floor. Put your hands behind your neck and point your chin toward the ceiling. Reach up toward the ceiling with your chin, moving up and down quickly with small movements. Don’t lift your back off the floor, just lift it a few inches. Pay attention to your breathing, being certain to breathe out on the way up and breathe in on the way down. You always want to exhale on the exertion. Repeat 50 times, working your way up to 150 or else as suggested by a professional trainer. However, it is important to always take suggestions of such professionals who have personal trainer certifications.
To Flatten Lower Abs
Lie down on the floor and place the backs of your hands under your buttocks. Your back and waist should be pressed against the floor. Raise both legs to a 45-degree angle then slowly lower them. Your lower abs should contract and feel tight. If you have back problems just lift your legs a few inches from the floor and work your way up as you strengthen your back. Repeat 20 times, rest for a minute or two and repeat again. Work your way up to a set of 100.
Get Rid of Those Love Handles
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Have a dumbbell in each hand, preferably three to five pounds. If you don’t have dumbbells you can do the exercise without them. Fold your arms over your chest, holding them close to your body. Bend to the right from your waist and extend your left arm to the right. Return to the starting position, bringing your arm back as well. Repeat on the left side. Do this 25 times on each side, working your way up to 50 or 100.
It’s not impossible to get a sexy stomach or a rock-hard six-pack. All it takes is time, patience, and consistency. Losing belly fat won’t happen overnight, but with a proper diet and exercise, a flat stomach can be a reality. Instead of making excuses, take time each day to work on a firm and sexy stomach.
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