Nothing says fit like a set of ripped abs, but for many this ultimate health goal seems to be just out of reach, no matter how hard you try. However, you have the keys to unlocking your fitness potential already; you just need to learn how to gain access to them, and once you do, you’ll begin seeing results almost immediately!
Work smarter, not harder
Many people who are looking to get fit commit to working very hard to achieve their goals, but in some cases this may not be the best course of action. In fact, if you engage in too many similar ab exercises too regularly, you may actually be risking injury!
The truth is that with any new fitness regime, you need to pace yourself and plan accordingly. If you’re doing hundreds of crunches and sit-ups every day, your body simply can’t take it – not only are you putting yourself at risk for spinal injuries, but without recovery time between workouts, you’re not going to see the types of results that you expect.
Instead, what you should do is engage in an abs workout every other day at most, and you should mix it up by doing more than just the standard push-up or stomach crunch. Engage in exercises that work your entire core, such as the plank exercise, in order to provide better overall muscle tone, and then give yourself at least a day off in between to allow the muscles to rest and rebuild; in the meantime consider a cardiovascular workout such as jogging, swimming, or cycling.
Success begins in the kitchen
Another excellent way to unlock your potential is to change your eating habits. A significant proportion of your work will be to shed excess body fat, especially if your goal is to have a set of six pack abs, which means that in addition to exercise, you’re going to need to become very much more picky when it comes to what you put in your body.
Your goal is to burn fat and build muscle, and one of the best ways to do that is to cut down on your carbohydrate intake and instead increase the amount of protein in your diet. This will keep your blood sugar stable and keep you from feeling overly hungry, thanks to the metabolic properties of protein, but beware: protein takes much more water to metabolise than carbohydrates, so make sure you stay hydrated if you switch to a high protein diet.