Summer is here (kind of) and we are thinking about looking after ourselves that little bit better but can you get the flat stomach or 6 pack abs you always dreamed of by just doing stomach exercises alone? The answer simply put is ‘No’ however there are exercises you can do to help strengthen and define the abdominal/core muscles.
The most popular question I get asked by people attending my fitness classes or while personal training is how can I reduce or get a flat stomach or 6 pack? It is the goal that most people out there are striving/stressing/wishing to achieve but also find the most difficult to obtain.
There is so much information out there these days that it can become so overwhelming and confusing that the phrase “analysis – paralysis” springs to mind. What diet should I follow!? Atkins/Mediterranean/Paleo!? How much is too much? High protein or high carbs? The list goes on…..! So listen up, I am about to reveal the worst kept secret in the fitness industry: In order to achieve a flat or 6 pack stomach you need to eat a ‘Balanced Varied Diet’ full of fruits, veggies and good wholegrain’s and protein. Yes!! What a revelation – You are what you eat.!
Getting the correct balance between Cardio & Weight/Resistance Training is important but as I am sure you have heard before it is 80% Diet and 20% Exercise. Knowing how to stop and listen/understand your own body is also extremely important but with the busy lives most of us lead this is something that is constantly left wanting. FYI: It is OK to take time for yourself.
My Top 6 Tips To Achieving Those Abs:
1. Food Diary. You might think your being good until you see it on paper.
2. Exercise. Find a balance between cardio & some form of resistance training.
3. Hydrate. Drink plenty of water. 2-3 liters daily
4. Sleep. Learn how much you need per night in order to function each day.
5. Diet. Eat clean with good balance of fruit. veg, wholegrain’s and protein.
6. Mindset. Get to know yourself (mind & body)
Flat / Strong Core Workout
Download a timer to your phone and complete the 7 exercises below.
(Complete each exercise for 30 – 60 seconds and do 3 – 6 times depending on fitness level)