10 TIPS FOR PERFECT ABS26-10-2009
Do you remember, what promise you made for New Years last time? Promised to get fit? Did you achieve? No? Don´t worry – there are two months left to get yourself together before upcoming christmas parties!
Everybody wants to get a toned, flat stomach. Easier said than done, but spend a few weeks following these straight forward tips and a defined stomach could be yours in no time!
1.Trim the fat
You could get a six-pack Peter Andre would be proud of but if it's hiding under a layer of fat there's little point in having it at all. Incorporating plenty of cardio vascular exercise such as running, swimming or cycling into your workout to burn excessive fat.
2.Sit up straight
It's time to pay attention to all of that nagging from your mum and sit up straight to help prevent your stomach muscles getting lazy and flabby. Try holding your stomach flat while sat at your desk during the day to give your waist a real workout without sweating it out at the gym. Sitting on a fit ball is also a great way to tone up the stomach with minimal effort
3.Stretch yourself slim
Doing plenty of sit-ups is great but if you don't stretch your muscles afterwards you risk bulking up. Put your arms over your head and stretch upwards to develop long, lean muscles.
4.Work on your technique
If you do your sit-ups incorrectly, all of your efforts could be wasted. Before each repetition suck in your stomach and flatten yourself against the floor so your back is completely straight then lift and repeat.
To get that defined line of muscle running down either side of your stomach you need to work your Rectus Abdominis muscle. Fitness trainers suggest performing repetitions of the crunch which involves laying on your back and using your stomach muscles to bring your knees up to touch your elbows.
6.Work your TVA's
There are many different muscles which help to create a toned stomach and your TVA (Transversus Abdominus) is one of them. Work this muscle by doing the plank which involves laying on your stomach, legs together straight out behind you and then lifting yourself off the ground using your toes and by resting on your forearms all the while keeping perfectly horizontal.
7.Tone up your obliques
There's nothing like a hint of a muffin top to ruin an outfit so get your obliques, the muscles which run down your sides toned up by doing as many cycle twists as you can manage. Simply lay on your back with your elbows bent so your hands are touching either side of your head and twist and lean forward while simultaneously lifting alternative keens so the knee and opposite elbow touch.
8.Beat the bloat
Salt, sugar, wheat and pulses, whatever causes you to bloat be ruthless and cut them out of your diet. Not only will they bloat your stomach but they can also add water weight to your ankles and face. Not a good look.
9.Improve your posture
Don't just pay attention to your stomach muscles when you work out, work your back as well to help improve posture, avoid imbalance and crippling back pain. Trainers suggest lying flat on your stomach and lifting up your upper body to work the lower back.
10.Clench and release
We all know that regularly working on our pelvic floor muscles helps to give us better orgasms but what you might not realise is that clenching ‘down there' will help to tighten your lower abdominals. So, the next time you're on the bus, in the car or at the supermarket, clench!
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