Where did the time go?
It’s hard to believe, but summertime–and the dreaded swimsuit season–is almost here.
We thought we had a lot more time to lose this winter weight, flatten our abs, banish the cellulite
and tone our thighs, right?
If we intend to look presentable by summer, we have to face the music, bite the bullet and
shake things up a lot! Right now!
That means it’s time to start working on the hardest part: getting those flat abs we want so badly.
With commitment, a plan of action and a little bit of willpower you can have those flat abs you want.
Don’t have time to work out for hours every day?
Not to worry, with a little planning, the right apps, and ten minutes a day, it is humanly possible
to have the flat, toned abs you want.
Step #1. Consume Fewer Calories Than You Burn
The key to success is to track what you eat and what you burn each day.
Abdominal fat is just that, fat.
If you want to see the muscles underneath and get rid of the bulge you’re going to have to
consume fewer calories than you burn.
There are wonderful, free, and easy to use programs and smartphone applications that
will help you track what you eat and what you burn each day.
The FREE Lose It! Itunes App is an excellent example.
Use them to stay on track.
One pound of fat is 3500 calories.
That means that by simply burning 500 more calories a day than you eat you can
lose a pound in 7 days.
Tracking what you eat will also help you see what foods fill you up longer and what foods burn quickly.
Quick burning foods mean you’re hungry soon after you eat them. Aim for whole grains,
fiber, fruits and veggies, as well as lean protein. (There are lots of vegan protein sources to choose from.)
Step #2. Just Get Moving
Move your body–it wasn’t designed to sit on a couch or at a desk all day.
*Take the stairs instead of the elevators.
*Take a brisk walk around the park–not just once–but again and again.
*Walk to the farmers market a good distance away instead of the local food store.
*Ride your bike or take advantage the new Bike Share program.
*Run with your dog instead of strolling.
Step #3. Take at Least 10,000 Steps a Day
Use a pedometer or a pedometer app to keep track of your steps.
The FREE Pedometer GPS+ app incorporates amazing features of the iOS to turn your mobile device into a powerful and accurate activity tracker.
Move your body frequently and find ways to take at least 10,000 steps a day
Studies have shown that people who take 10,000 steps a day lose weight faster and keep it off. They’re healthier and thinner. You can be too!
Step #3. Work Your Core
Okay, now you have pounds melting off just by tracking your intake and moving your body.
The next step is to work your core muscles, and you can do that in just ten minutes a day.
Not sure if you are doing the right exercises or using proper form. Simply download a FREE
App like Ab Workout Free – Abdominal Crunch Exercise Workouts to help shape
and tone your abdominal muscles.
The best fitness activities are ones that focus on your entire core, your back and stomach.
(Sit-ups are great but they only work specific muscles in your abdominals.)
Instead of just doing sit-ups, spend ten minutes working through a low rep workout:
*Do full crunches where your legs also come off of the ground
*Single leg abdominal press
*Move through each repetition slowly so you get
the full benefit of the movement and
hold the exercise for a few seconds before releasing it.
You’ll build muscle and burn more fat.
Repeat each exercise 8-10 times then move onto the next exercise.
The good thing about these core exercises is that you don’t need any fancy equipment
to do them.
All you need is ten minutes.
Get down on the floor during your favorite television show or do them right when you get up
in the morning before your shower.
“Watch what you eat,
get moving and
find at least ten minutes each day
to work your core muscles.”
Commit yourself to a plan of action and you can have those flat abs you want by summer.
Watch what you eat, get moving and find at least ten minutes each day to work your core muscles.
Believe it not, you can have the coveted beach body you crave in no time!
What abdominal exercise routine works for you? Have you found abdominal workout apps that are helpful to you.
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