There’s a real way to get a six pack – it’s not necessarily a secret, but it’s not exactly difficult either, so pay attention because you’re about to learn something that the manufacturers of all those useless exercise gadgets don’t want you to know.
Are you tired of looking for the best way to get those ripped abs you want so badly, only to find conflicting information everywhere you look? Some fitness and exercise ‘experts’ will tell you one thing, while other will tell you something that seems to run at cross-purposes, but the truth – the absolute truth – is that you don’t need much of anything to get a set of six pack abs besides a good pair of tennies.
We haven’t gone mad – we’re just telling the truth
The truth is that unless you’ve been in a wheelchair or you’ve been bedridden for years and years, you’ve already got a set of developed abdominal muscles. The problem is you can’t see the things under all that abdominal fat; anyone with more than around 5 per cent to 10 per cent body fat will find their abs are completely hidden by their bellies.
So what’s the best way to burn fat, you ask? Well it’s basic physics – the Second Law of Thermodynamics in particular – and all you need to do is to expend more energy than you take in on a daily basis. You can do this very, very easily by simply letting your feet do the walking; get up off your bum and go for a run.
Rule Number One is Cardio.
To burn energy, your best bet is moderate cardiovascular exercise of at least three days a week for thirty minutes a day. This gets your metabolism running, which leads to the consumption of energy – and as long as you don’t go home and eat your own weight in spaghetti bolognese after you get home, you’re going to eventually begin losing weight if you keep it up long enough.
If you’re not a fan of running or jogging, there are alternatives. In the warmer months, you can go for a nice, long swim, as long as you don’t just float there but actually do some laps, and you can also engage in activities such as riding a bicycle or even skipping rope if you so prefer – and if you have a treadmill at home or a gym membership, you can keep your cardio regime going even on rainy days or during the dreary winter months.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t other things you can do in order to improve the tone and definition of the abdominal muscles you already have. Once you get fit to the point where your percentage of body fat has dropped enough to reveal a set of abs that you wished were bigger or more well-defined, then you can do your crunches and sit-ups and planks and any number of other ab exercises to build muscle tone.
Until then, you’ve got to work your bum off by engaging in regular, moderate levels of cardiovascular exercise – or those abs will be locked away from view for a very, very long time.