It’s not easy to get six pack abs, as it requires a massive amount of determination and more than a little bit of work. The lion’s share of your task is going to be to lose excess abdominal fat, but once you’ve accomplished that you’ve got the incredibly important task of making sure that your abdominal muscles are toned, as there’s nothing less attractive than a flat stomach without a set of ripped abs to go along with them, is there?
make sure you work everything
While you might be tempted to get down on the floor and crank out hundreds of sit-ups or stomach crunches in order to build those ab muscles up, you should actually think again before embarking on such a plan. The most important thing you need to understand about an abs workout routine is that you shouldn’t just target one set of ab muscles but you instead make sure to work your entire core, and crunches and sit-ups only work one set of ab muscles.
A strong core not only looks good but will also lead to better overall fitness, as it builds stability, helps with balance, and provides excellent protection to your spine. Your core is composed of not just the rectis abdominis muscles (those muscles that make up your six pack) but deeper abdominal muscles that connect to your pelvis and back, and whether you’re simply picking up the kids’ toys around the house or you’re lifting weights down at the gym, a strong, healthy core will benefit you in a myriad of ways.
Variety is the spice of life
Another thing you must learn is that, if you wish to get the best benefit from your abs exercise regimen, you need to engage in not just a varied number of exercises but you also must take time off from working those abdominal muscles from time to time. After every workout – whether it be your core or any other set of muscle groups – your body needs time to recover and rebuild sore, strained muscles, and doing so will maximise the effects of exercising these muscles more than if you constantly work the same muscles two days in a row.
You should vary your exercise regimen by working your core muscles one day, then working another, completely unrelated group, the next. You can also engage in cardiovascular exercise as well, such as jogging, biking, or swimming, on days that you’re not working your abdominal muscles, as this will also contribute to your overall health and wellbeing better than two days of ab exercises.
Cardiovascular exercise is also an excellent way to burn calories and keep your metabolism working on a high level, which will help your body burn fat and stay slim. As your abs can only come out to play if you keep a very low amount of overall body fat, you need to make sure you don’t neglect your cardiovascular health either when it comes down to your quest to achieve a six pack.
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