We all want abs, but who’s got the time and money!? After all, sporting a sleek, sexy set of abs is reserved only for those who frequent flashy gym’s and can afford their own personal trainer, right? Wrong.
Sure, the gym has it’s benefits, but why put up with costly memberships, queue’s for equipment and sharing sweaty gym mats when you can get abs at home! Here’s how you can maximize your own at-home environment to reveal your abs faster than ever!
Although you may not have access to a treadmill, cross-trainer or the air-conditioned comfort of the fitness studio, this is no excuse to ditch your all-important cardio training. Not only will regular bouts of cardio help burn off the fat covering your abs, it’ll boost your mood and keep your heart and lungs in tip-top shape, too!
BURN BELLY FAT WITH VITAMIN D: Exercising while exposed to bright natural light has been proven to boost your ability to torch visceral fat – the stuff that ‘sticks’ to your inner organs and contributes to belly fat and other metabolic diseases like diabetes. The take-home message? Start exercising outdoors (just don’t forget the hat & sunscreen!).
OK, WHAT EXERCISE IS BEST? Anything! The rule here is simple: The more you move, the more you stand to lose. Think of your body as bank; Spend (exercise) more than you earn (eat) and your account begins to shrink. The same principle applies to your waistline. Running, swimming, & cycling are great and each contribute to your body-bank withdrawals. For more exercise info and workout ideas, read this:
To understand how to get from abs from home you need to first understand how the body burns fat. The truth is, no matter how many crunches you perform daily in the hope of sculpting the perfect set of abs, you won’t shift the fat covering them.
HERE’S WHY: The failure of the crunch/sit-up shows us that the body burns calories uniformly – NOT from the ‘targeted’ trouble spot over your belly. Moreover, isolation exercises (which only work one muscle group), like the crunch, fail to recruit large numbers of metabolically active muscle fibers which are essential for fat burning.
THE SOLUTION: Ditch your abdominal exercise arsenal and instead look to save time and accelerate total-body fat loss by harnessing the power of large, multi-muscle exercise moves which use your own body-weight as resistance. Great exercise examples include step-ups, push-ups, squats, lunges, dips & chin-ups. In fact, combining just few of these multi-muscle moves with a short stint of interval training creates a belly-busting workout you can do anywhere, anytime!
If you still can’t see your abs despite your best workout efforts, there may be a simple explanation – your diet. A less-than-stellar diet is a sure-fire way to keep your abs in hiding. The fix? Read this: How To Get Abs Fast: 6 Diet Secrets in 4 Minutes
With temptations lurking around every corner, getting abs at home means thinking twice about what you eat. The solution? Think ABS (literally). With each letter we’ve assigned a simple nutrition rule. Combine them and that spare tyre won’t stand a chance!
Think starving yourself is the key to permanent gut reduction? Think again. While you may lose weight at first, fasting actually decreases the activity of enzymes that release fat from the cells. The fix? Fulfill your appetite and stoke your metabolism with small, regular meals throughout the day. Stock up your pantry with these power foods:
Nuts, Eggs, Whole grain bread (Pita), Rice, Cereal & Pasta, Oatmeal, Lean Meats (chicken breast, extra-lean mince, beef & pork) Seafood (shellfish, tuna, salmon & sardines), Low-Fat Dairy (yoghurt, cheese & milk), Sweet potatoes, Vegetables (spinach, broccoli, peas & peppers) & Fresh Fruit (mango’s, apples, berries, tomatoes, peaches & citrus).
Don’t worry. We’re not talking about going cold turkey here. The most important thing with any eating plan is to have fun. If you completely cut-out the foods you love, you won’t enjoy it. The fix? Keep your motivation and your waistline in-check by occasionally splurging. Go ahead, have that slice of pizza or that extra scoop of ice-cream – just don’t overdo it!
Still sucking down those cans of cola? Switch up your soda for a portable water bottle instead. Unlike sweetened soda which comes loaded with sugar and empty calories that settle around your middle, water can actually boost your fat-melting motor (metabolism) by a whopping 30%. Keeping it cold maximizes this effect as your body uses energy to warm it up before being absorbed.