It is important to develop a routine that you will follow every day. Implementing your routine is more important, however having a well designed plan will ensure that you see results and that you are targeting your abs. A well designed abdominal workout routine will contain muscle building exercises, cardio exercises to burn fat, and diet rules that will ensure no further fat is gained. The muscle building exercises will help your body put on muscle in the abdominal region. Building muscle also increases the proportion of lean muscle mass to fat mass in your body. This creates a higher sitting calorie consumption. This means that your body will burn more calories naturally because muscle tissue uses more energy than fat tissue.
The cardio exercises that are part of your routine should be done every day. Cardio exercises can be running, jogging, swimming, biking or any activity that requires active moment. Cardio should be done no less than 15 minutes per day, every day. This is the most important aspect of your abdominal building routine. If you merely diet and build muscle, you will not see results as quickly as if you focused more on cardio work outs. The truth is that most people already have a six pack, the problem is that there is a layer of fat covering the muscle. Cut out the layer of fat and you will see the six pack that has always been there.
Lifting weights makes women bulky
Sadly, this myth keeps a lot of women out of the weight room. The truth of the matter is that men have more testosterone, which makes it easier for them to build muscle. Even female bodybuilders often are on steroids and are in the gym for long hours on most days to look the way they do. Even if you are one the women who do naturally put on muscle, you can always lose some of it if you want to. Remember that although cardio burns calories during exercise, weight training will contribute to increasing your metabolism and, therefore, you will burn more calories even when you are sleeping.
One of the most common requests I get from my female clients is to reduce fat from their thighs and abdomen. Men usually want to reduce their “beer gut”. Fat is stored throughout the body and will be lost all over as well. We are all genetically predisposed to storing more fat in certain areas. You cannot change your genetics. What you can do is reduce your overall body fat by being consistent with your cardio and resistance (weight) training and limiting your caloric intake.
Working out takes too much time
Most people simply do not have the time to spend two hours at the gym, five days a week. The good news is that you don’t have to. If your exercise sessions are well structured and intense, chances are you will be better off then the person next to you who is watching television or reading the newspaper during their two-hour workout.
Lots of crunches=Great Abs
You could have the best “6-pack” in the world, but if it is covered by a layer of fat, it won’t do you much good. This brings us back to regular exercise and a sensible nutrition plan. There is no getting around this unless you are one of those lucky people who are naturally skinny (ectomorphs). Don’t forget, however, that skinny does not equal healthy.
I regularly hear from patients that they wanted to work on their posture, so they started exercising? Which exercises did they choose as posture correcting exercises? They did whatever felt comfortable, which usually didn’t involve working their postural muscles.
Usually they can’t tell which exercise they thought they were doing that was going to make the greatest change. They just went to the gym and started exercising. If their posture happened to improve, it was by sheer luck.
Exercise is good for you and you will certainly feel and look better when you do it regularly, it just might not change your posture. Isn’t that what you’re really after? Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend time on the back muscles even if the exercises aren’t as glamorous as other muscles?
There are plenty of people at the gym that are in good shape, but still have horrible posture. How can this be? They regularly perform exercises that do the opposite of improving their posture.
In changing your posture, it is vitally important that you spend time stretching the front muscles (not doing push-ups or bench presses) and strengthening the back muscles.