Having a flat stomach is one thing, but being able to show off your strong abs is on a whole new level! We know that winter is around the corner, which means that all abs will go into hiding. But there is no better time to start working on your beach abs for the summer than right now!
How to get strong abs
Apart from following a proper diet, here are some tips to help you get sexy and strong abs:
Build more muscle
Muscles are more metabolically active than fat, which means that the more muscles you have, the more calories your body is able to burn. Lifting weights and resistance training are the easiest ways to be sure to build more muscle. Add some protein to your diet to assist your body in the process.
Having more muscle helps your body to burn more calories, but you still need to give your body the opportunity to burn those calories. Cardio exercises like running is a good idea, but even better would be boxing training. Training at a boxing gym will let you use so much more of your body than just plain old running. Boxing focuses on your upper body, but also incorporates other exercise types like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and other fun things.
Watch your stress levels
Acute, short-term stress can be good; it helps us focus and get tasks done in time. But when stress becomes chronic, your body may become stuck in a cycle of producing too much cortisol. Cortisol increases appetite and encourages the body to store fat. So when you notice that you have become chronically stressed, you should do something about your situation before cortisol does too much damage.
Sculpt those abs
Only after getting all the previously mentioned tips right, it would make sense for you to sculpt your abs. What’s the point in having a six-pack if it’s hiding under layers of fat? However, you should work on sculpting your abs as a part of your exercise routine. Try crunches, but take a tip from Pilates and pull in your belly button while crunching – this will help create flat abs instead of bulging abs.
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