Many of us have probably done countless ab exercises in order to get a strong core with flat abs but see very little success. You might think that you need to crunch your heart out and go on a strict diet if you want your abs to come out of hiding.
Everybody has abs, but it’s the layer of fat around your midsection that’s preventing them from being seen. We can’t always control where the fat is stored or how quickly we lose it and this is especially true of the midsection.
Despite the hard work, people still don’t have the proper ideas to work their abs in the proper way and get the much-desired ‘six-pack’.
These 6 things you need to stop if you want to build strong abs.
- Do not do crunches every single day
Crunches are not a bad exercise. Proper crunches help to build a tight core. But, most people perform them incorrectly and have other muscular imbalances (weak core, including hips and back) that make this exercise super ineffective and a painful waste of time.
If you want to get rid of that layer of belly fat, it’s best to engage your entire body in the compound exercises which includes squats, biceps curls, lunges or overhead presses. Push-Ups and High Plank Knee-to-Elbow can also burn fats.
- Don’t train your abs every day
Your abs need a break as much as just like other muscle groups. You can activate your core during your warm up with exercises like Planks, Inchworms, etc, but you shouldn’t train any muscle group two days in a row including your abs. You need to allow at least 48 hours before training that muscle group again.
- Don’t forget to eat right
Nutrition is elementary to any fitness regimen. Eat a low amount of calories, high protein, low carbohydrates and low-fat diet. Avoid fried foods and sodas. Keep patience because slow and steady wins the race.
- Do not drink alcohol on a regular basis
For some people, excessive calories from alcohol aren’t really the main problem. It’s the food choices they made after a night out like greasy burgers, hot dog, or a big bag of chips. So not only are you getting more liquid calories than you need, but also overeating in the end. If you’re really serious about getting and maintaining your abs, you might want to think about your regular weekends at the bar.
- Don’t stress
Stress could be a huge reason why you cannot see your abs. Studies have shown that chronic stress is associated with higher levels of obesity. So, take out some time from your busy schedule to stay stress-free. Walking and meditation regularly benefit you to stay fresh and fit.
- Do not take cardio lightly
When it comes to cardio, you don’t only want to go for slow and steady runs. Add some HIIT into your routine as well. It will not only play a role to burn your fats but also helps to get that ab definition.