If you watch “The Game of Thrones,” you know the motto of House Stark is “Winter is coming.” Here at Studio Fit Richmond Hill, our motto is “Summer is coming and it’s time to get your body ready for it. It means boosting your energy level so you can enjoy summer to its maximum and toning your body, especially building bikini ready abs. Nothing is more obvious that you’re out of shape is a pouchy stomach and roll around your waist. We have the exercises and programs to help you get a flat stomach faster.
You’ve got to shed extra pounds.
Even if you’re in super good shape with every muscle at peak performance, if you have excess fat, you’ll still look out of shape. Your abs could be washboard perfect, but nobody will see them if they’re covered with a layer of fat. That’s why losing weight is also important and that starts with a healthy diet. You simply can’t out-exercise a bad diet. A healthy diet means giving up processed foods and eating more whole foods. It means cutting out sugar and learning just how sweet fruit tastes when your taste buds are no longer assaulted by added sugar.
As you shed weight with a healthy diet, a program of exercise goes hand-in-hand with it.
Your workout program shouldn’t strictly be focused on abs. It should be a total body workout with ab workouts as part of it. If you need to shed pounds, strength training works great, even better than cardio. That’s because cardio workouts do burn calories, but those calories come from both muscle tissue and fat tissue. Strength training burns calories, while building muscle tissue. Muscle tissue requires more calories to maintain than fat tissue does, so you’ll boost your metabolism. The take away is that the more muscle tissue you have, the easier it is to lose weight.
Do focus on ab workouts and total body workouts.
There are a multiple crunches you can do to boost build your abs, regular, side, reverse and twist crunches for examples. They all work the abs. Simple things like a stomach vacuum, blowing out all the air in your lungs and pulling your stomach in as hard as you can and holding. It can be done anywhere, any time throughout the day. Lunges, bicycles and planks are good for strengthening the abs, too.
- Drink more water. You need adequate liquid in your body to help fat break down. Most experts recommend at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day, some suggest up to ten. You’ll lose weight faster, keep your energy level up and feel fuller.
- Eat the majority of your carbs in the morning, so you have a chance to burn them. When you eat carbs late at night, it goes to fat.
- Eat more frequently, but eat smaller meals. Overeating can give you a disheartening round belly look. Switch to smaller meals and include healthy snacking.
- Eat more protein to help gain muscle and lose fat. Ditch the junk food and include healthy fat. Avocados and fatty fish include healthy fat that makes you feel full and absorbs more slowly.