We all want them: Flat, toned, sexy abs. Taking a trip to the gym it’s easy to see that many of us are on a mission to improve our tummies. Luckily, lost abs can be found with a little bit of effort.
If you really want to strengthen your core—which will help flatten your belly and prevent low back pain—we have some great news: You can do it! However, it’s not just about hitting the gym. For sexy abs, you also need to:
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Set Realistic Goals
Your favorite star’s or athlete’s abs are worth aiming for, but don’t expect to mimic them. Your genes may play a role in your body’s shape. That’s no excuse to give up and head for the cookie jar, of course. Set realistic goals that are focused on your body, not on some perfect image.
For example: say you want to lose 1-inch around your waist within 30-45 days. Then you try it out and push your goal up the next time to lose another inch and another inch–you get the point.
You’ll wind up both firmer and happier.
Know Your Anatomy
Familiarize yourself with the muscle groups that make up your abdominal area. If you understand how the muscles work, it will be easier to use them properly when you exercise. Make sure that your abdominal workout includes exercises to work the internal and external obliques on the sides of your torso (side planks do this well) as well as exercises to work the rectus abdominis, which runs down the middle of your midsection and defines your six-pack (regular planks can help with this).
Learn to tighten that deep layer of abdominal muscle (transversus abdominis) as you move through everyday activities. Simply tighten your muscles as you walk, as you stand, when you sit–everywhere. It should feel like you are tightening a corset around your midsection. But don’t hold your breath! With this simple modification, any daily movement can become a core exercise that will help you get flat abs.
Avoid long periods of sitting. Stand and contract those strong abdominal muscles when you are at work or when performing desk jobs at home. In addition, be aware of your posture when you stand. Good posture promotes a strong core and a strong core will promote better posture. It’s worth the small effort.