There are not many people who wouldn’t be happy with a stomach boasting well-defined abs. Even though you can’t focus completely on a single targeted area of the body, there are exercises that can certainly give it a little kick along.
If you would prefer a Michelle Bridge’s wash board tummy over a Clive Palmer bulge, this tried and tested routine could work well for you.
The focus on this exercise plan is to help build a strong core to grow that ab-fab six pack! The good news – you don’t have to be a gym junkie to give this plan a cold, hard crack.
Tackle your exercise regime with a slow and steady pace. Work firstly on simple exercises that focus on posture and positioning. Work-outs using Pilates and yoga core-strengthening methods are great. These workouts help build up the core while integrating moves for stability and balance.
Fit in a cardio session first up each morning. Morning cardio gives your body the little boost it needs to burn off any fat stores and is an excellent way to start the day. This encourages the development of defined abs through a low body fat percentage.
Take the dog for a walk, enjoy a brisk walk along the beach, or go for a bike ride. Keep it up and you’ll be well on your way to churning out hot abs in no time.
Don’t let your body (and your mind) become bored of the same thing. When you have dug into your regime start to incorporate a variety of core exercises and cardio.
If you are getting short on ideas simply change it up by increasing the number of reps and the intensity levels of your workouts. Start cycling uphill, change the walk into a walk/jog, or add some ankle weights to your cardio sessions.
As much as our Bondi Beach Tea Co. team love their songs, our abs need to be worked out in more than just one direction. It is important to incorporate exercises that test the strength of the entire core. Without getting yourself into a knot, crank out some moves that will have you twisting, rotating, and turning your body to workout and tone the entire mid-section.
So now you have the low-down, but what’s next?
Stop grimacing. Of course, the plank was going to be part of our routine, but this is not just your standard plank. We have discovered that twisting your body while in the plank position will work the core to the extreme and target the dreaded mid-section love handles.
Here is how to get cracking:
Sounding like something out of a prehistoric documentary show, the quadruped gets you squeezing the goodness out of your core.
This one is much similar to a standard crunch or sit up.
If you don’t have a medicine ball for this exercise, just use an alternative weight up to 2kg or 3kg instead.
This is similar to a V-shaped sit up.
Remember that, like any good routine, consistency is key to success. Do these exercises after your gym workout for maximum impact, or give them a crack after your cardio session every morning - even if it is only for five minutes. Keep track of your reps so you know where to pick up from next time.
You cannot spot target fat in any area of your body and these exercises are not intended to create an immediate, miracle six pack. Regular exercise and healthy eating is required for any weight loss or body toning regime.
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