With summer inching ever closer, many people are starting to think more seriously about getting in shape. The warmer weather tends to make people want to work out and tone up their winter weary bodies, in order to look great lounging on the beach. If you are considering devising a plan of attack on your mid-section, then take a look at the following 7 ways for flatter abs.
7. Take up Jogging
Jogging isn't as hard on your body as running, but not everyone is able to take up this exercising technique. Running causes a lot of impact on the knees and should really be worked up to. You can always start off with walking and then work up towards jogging and/or running later on. It's better to start off slow. You wouldn't want to injure yourself right way. Jogging is a great way to loose excess pounds and be on your way to toning up those abs.
6. Do Yoga
An array of yoga techniques has been created over the years to suit all lifestyles. Some forms of yoga are very passive and they include poses that can be adjusted to all body types. The more into body strengthening and toning you get the more advanced yoga postures you will be able to perform. Any type of physical toning of the body will help you to work on individual muscle groups.
5. Sit up Straight
Being able to refrain from slouching will cause you to use those abs you already have. The more you use them, the stronger and firmer they will become. Sitting up straight requires maintaining good tension in the muscles of the abdomen and lower back. This is something you can do anywhere you are, even sitting behind a desk at work.
4. Count the Amount of Calories Eaten All Day Long
Men and women require a different amount of calories to be consumed each day. Not only does the number vary between sexes, but also on the activity level of the person, the age of the individual, and the current weight of the man or woman. A number of calorie calculators are available online to help you determine how many calories you should be consuming each day. Overeating will only add to the flab around your abs and lessen your chance of being able to tone up those abs.
3. Suck It in
This is something you can do all day long. It's hard to get in the habit of sucking in those ab muscles, but once you can do this unconsciously, you'll feel the difference. You are working the abdominal muscles whenever you try to physically hold in your stomach. This simple change in posture works wonders on the appearance of flabby abs.
2. Eat Healthy Foods
Eating good foods on a regular basis will help you get plenty of calories that count. Junk food is filled with empty calories that get changed to fat without doing your body any good at all. Make up a daily schedule with all your meals and include the caloric count for all of them. This will make it easier to keep track of what you've consumed and what changes you need to make.
1. Do Sit Ups
Sit ups are the ultimate ab flattening exercise. If you aren't interested in doing traditional sit ups, then try doing 3 reps of 15 crunches. These really work the abs and give you great results. Repetition is the key with sit ups or crunches. The more you do, the better your results will be.
A combination of weight loss, toning, and muscle strengthening is what is needed to get flat abs. Out of these 7 ways for flatter abs, have you already tried any of them?
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