The Search for Summertime Abs
By Donna Stark
Well, I am starting to hear it. It used to be something that I would actually see, but through the years, it has changed into something entirely different. I'm talking about the first sign of spring. You see, when I was growing up, the first sign of spring was always the robin, that beautiful, little bird with the orange belly. Then as I got older, I started to notice other first signs, such as cherry blossoms on trees, crocuses popping out from the ground, and butterflies dancing in the yard. But now, the first sign of spring isn't something that I actually see, but rather something that I hear. And you can hear it too. All you have to do is head on over to your local gym and listen carefully because, sooner than later, you will start hearing people talk about those abs of steel that they want to have just in time for bathing suit season.
Getting the Abs You Desire
There's no question that summertime is right around the corner because people are starting to fret over the shape of their body and the appearance of their belly. Having those rock-hard abs is a desire for many, but truth be told, may not be everyone's reality. So instead of only focusing on that six-pack appearance, let's get you focused on strengthening and increasing your core's functionality as well. Here are some tips.
- Diet - It takes discipline in the kitchen and a nutritious diet before you can even begin to set the foundation for successful ab workouts. So if your body fat is too high, you will need to establish a healthier meal plan that lowers your calories and reduces your fat intake. Remember, no amount of crunches will ever out-do an unhealthy diet.
- Cardio - It's a good idea to add some cardio into your workouts if you want to shed some pounds and start seeing your abs. Any form of cardio will do ... running, biking, cycling ... just be sure to get 25-50 minutes a day, several times a week.
- Strength - Increasing your core strength will provide your body with more stability and may even help to reduce the risk of future injury. Some great strength-building exercises for your abs are planks, hip lifts, mountain climbers, and TRX reverse crunches.
Your Hard Work Will Pay Off
It's important to keep in mind that your abs are like every other major muscle group, and just as you wouldn't train your leg muscles every day, you don't want to train your abs every day either. They need to rest and recover just like the other parts of your body too! But don't worry, because before you know it, summertime will be here and you will be ready to wear that bathing suit in front of everyone!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sunset Hills, Mo.