Your Road to Getting 6-Pack Abs

Summer is on its way and most are itching to get into their swimsuits. The problem is there is still a layer of fat left from all the binging during the holidays. If you want to get toned abs just in time for the summer swimming, here are a few suggestions, tips, and exercises that you can incorporate to your workout. These can help flatten your belly and tone it so you can achieve that 6-pack abs you’ve been waiting for.

Diet, diet, diet. Yes, this is very essential if you want to flatten your belly. Avoid white bread, cakes, too much pasta, and other high carbohydrate foods. Substitute these with whole-wheat grain.
It is not about the crunches. Crunches do help strengthen your abdominals, but no matter how much you do this if you do not diet, those muscles will stay hidden under that layer of fat. Your regimen should always include a good diet because it is only when you have shed off that fat when your muscles will start to show.

Do some sit-ups. This is actually an effective exercise in forming muscles in your abdomen. Do some variations, like moving sideways to target your obliques. This means moving your right shoulder towards your left knee, and vice versa. Avoid anchoring your feet, as this can result to a back injury.

Air cycling for flatter abs. Here is a simple exercise that you can do every morning. Upon waking up, stay lying on your back or you can transfer to the floor and cushion your back with a yoga mat, then move your feet as if you were pedaling a bicycle. Do this motion up and down, making sure that you extend your leg straight as you push. You will certainly feel your abdominals doing the work in this exercise.

Avoid weight belts. Only wear weight belts when absolutely necessary, and this means when you are lifting very heavy weight. Otherwise, place it aside. Wearing weight belts will only weaken your lower back and abs because they rely on it for support. Without it, your lower back becomes stronger and you can avoid possible injuries on it.

Inhale, exhale. This is a great technique to strengthen and flatten your belly. Stand tall and take a deep breath through your nostrils. Exhale through your mouth and at the same time squeeze your belly in and hold for 10 seconds. This will work out your transversus abdominis muscles and can flatten your middle. Another trick is to keep your belly engaged throughout the day, as you wash the dishes, write an email, or watch TV. This will also improve your posture.

Rest your muscles. The number one rule in building muscles is to give it rest between workouts, and this also applies with your abdominals. You may be tempted to do extensive exercises that target your belly every single day, but this will not do you any good. Your muscles need to rest so that it can slowly develop. Ideally, only work out your abs about two to three times a week and you will see better results. For the days in between, this is a great chance to work on your arms or legs for an overall toned body.