People often focus on a flat stomach and tone those abs, without getting the results they want. It may be because they’re carrying extra weight and the belly fat is hiding that six-pack underneath it. You can’t spot reduce, but you can strengthen and tone your muscles while you’re shedding the extra pounds. Be aware, belly fat is different and more difficult to shed. It may require extra effort.
Try an exercise you can do anywhere, no matter how you’re dressed.
When you workout at the gym, you’ll probably be doing exercises that not only tone your muscles but burn calories, helping you to shed the layer of fat. However, you can supplement your toning with a simple exercise that just requires you to pull in your abdomen, tighten and hold. To do it, breathe in while you pull your stomach in as tight as possible. Hold tight, you’ll really start to feel it. Slowly, exhale through your teeth (making a Ssss sound). Keep holding in your abs and to get rid of the last ounce of breath, push you rib cage down as you lift your pelvis upward forming a slight V.
Work on core training.
Whether you use a balance ball, body weight exercises or kettlebells, core training is imperative if you want to tone your abdominal muscles. Not only do kettlebells burn huge amounts of calories, they also provide a total body workout and focus on the core muscles, which include the abs you’re trying to tone. Best of all, kettlebells make core training fun, so you’ll work hard, but enjoy every minute of the workout.
Eat healthier and shed fat faster.
As noted earlier, it doesn’t matter how toned your abs are, even if you have a super six-pack, if you have a layer of fat covering them, nobody can see their great conditioning. The key to successful weight loss isn’t dieting, because diets don’t work. Instead, it’s learning to eat healthier and make smarter choices when it comes to food. Some foods, spices and herbs even stimulate the body to burn extra calories.
- Get strength training to burn calories faster. You’ll get stronger while getting leaner at the same time. It builds your muscles all over your body and burns overall fat.
- Keep breathing while you’re doing ab exercises. Too often I find clients holding their breath. That’s counterproductive to creating the look you want. If you’re doing crunches, inhale on the easy part, going down and exhale on the hard part, coming back up.
- Include all ab muscles and all types of movements. While crunches help, many times, you’re only working on one type of movement. Vary your routine and make sure you do exercises that move your body in all ways.
- Move slowly through the repetitions and focus on each movement. Most ab exercises are harder the slower you go.