Tummy Toning is as Easy as 1-2-3
I can't think of one person out there who doesn’t want a lean, flat midsection … can you? You can have the flat abs you’ve always wanted if you make these exercise, nutrition and posture tips part of your daily regimen. You just might start to see that six pack you’ve always wanted!
Rule #1 – Proper Nutrition
Lose the body fat. Let’s face it, it’s great to tone your abs by doing crunches and core exercises regularly, but they’ll remain hidden until you shed the fat that covers them. You’ll need to maintain a healthy body weight and to do so proper food choices are essential.
Increase the fiber: A diet high in fiber will aid in weight loss as well as weight management. Beans, broccoli, avocado, artichoke and whole grains are just a few of the nutritious foods with a high fiber content which will help you feel fuller faster and longer.
Cut down on sodium. It’s very common to consume twice as much sodium as health experts recommend. Too much salt can lead to bloating as well as high blood pressure. Watch the processed foods, check labels, eat more whole foods and be sure to drink plenty of water.
Eat smaller meals more frequently. To avoid getting overly hungry and overindulging, it’s best to eat 4 - 5 smaller meals every 3 hours.
Rule # 2 – Proper Exercise
Understand the fact that there is no such thing as spot reduction. This seems to be hard for people to grasp. Forget about the miracle gadgets advertised on television that
promise a washboard stomach. Save your money and put your energy into more sensible
eating and regular exercise.
Strengthen your muscles. Several days per week you should be doing resistance exercises to build and maintain lean muscle. This will result in speeding up your resting metabolism and burn the fat around the muscle tissue. Hint, hint… around the abdominals!
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Do cardiovascular exercises daily.
While it is not recommended to work your muscles every day due to the fact that they have to repair and regrow, it is recommended that you do at least 30 minutes of heart pumping activity at least 5 days per week. Get off the couch, grab your neighbor and go for a brisk walk.
Rule # 3 – Proper Posture Alignment:
Believe it or not, poor posture is very common and can result in the appearance of a belly pooch.
When practicing proper posture techniques you can improve your energy level as well as lung capacity.
Hold your abs in tight. Holding your abdominals in toward your spine as often as you can remember to do so may sound awkward and feel even more awkward but it will quickly become a habit with regular practice and the results are outstanding. Not only will your abs look flatter, but you’ll breathe more deeply, feel more energetic and appear to be more confident.
Pull your shoulders back. Letting your shoulders drop back and relax helps to raise your chest up. This way, all of your core muscles support your weight instead of making just your abdomen carry the load.
Practice proper body alignment. Whether you sit or stand be sure to hold your body in proper alignment throughout the day. Getting flat abs fast can be achievable and work wonders on your appearance and your health. Remember it takes eating right, exercising and standing up straight to gain your new look.
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