Just because you’ve decided to commit to an abs exercise routine doesn’t mean that you need to kill yourself in order to achieve your goal – in fact, there are ways to ‘work smarter, not harder’ and still get those ripped abs you want.
It’s no big secret that getting fit requires a fair bit of drive and determination. You’re going to have to change many of your everyday habits to achieve your goals, and there are no shortcuts to the body of your dreams, but if you follow a abs workout that’s designed to get you the biggest bang for your buck, you’ll find your results will be better – and arrive quicker – if you’re just mucking about without any sort of direction.
Variety is the spice of life
The first thing you need to know is that you’re actually doing it wrong if all you do is hundreds of sit-ups or crunches a day. Not only that, but you could actually be doing more harm than good if you’re not doing them properly, so don’t risk doing damage to your back in your zeal to get that six pack!
Instead, you’re going to get the best results by adding a wide variety of exercises to your workout regime. This benefits you by not only preventing you from hurting yourself but also from growing too bored and complacent, which can make it very difficult to keep up with your exercise schedule – and if you end up getting frustrated and bored, you’re more likely to give up.
Work your core, not just your abs
One of the other most important reasons to vary your exercise regime is to avoid over-working one set of muscles whilst neglecting the others. Yes it’s true that your rectis abdominis muscles are the ones that you’ll need to tone and sculpt in order to get that six pack effect whenever you take off your shirt, but you’ve got a whole core abdominal group of muscles that are in need of exercising if you want to develop your abdominal strength.
You’re going to have to add variety to your regime in order to incorporate these core exercises. You’ll also have to be careful you don’t work your core muscles too hard or too often, as these muscles need time to recover after exercise; ideally you should be working these core muscles no more than three times a week, with days off in-between for activities such as jogging, cycling, swimming, or other cardiovascular exercise.
Don’t believe the hype
If you’re working out your ab muscles because you’re trying to get rid of excess belly fat, you need to realise something: spot reduction is a myth. Sure, you’ve probably got a masterwork set of abs under all that abdominal fat, but unless you lose that weight they’re never going to be visible.
If you’re trying to lose those last few pounds, try to change your eating habits instead. Abs are built in the kitchen, after all, and if you’re not eating the right balance of foods – or too much food in general – you’re never going to get the results you want!