Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Workin' On My Fitness: (To Have Abs or Not)
Year after year, countless men and women swear that they will work their stomachs and achieve the elusive six-pack; most of these men fail. What is the deal here? Well for one, studies show that your body fat percentage must be below 10% for men and 13% for women to even see a line of definition. So no matter how many crunches and sit ups you do, it cannot be seen under the extra body fat. The idea is if you are overweight or just have a little extra body fat to lose it. Of course cardio and working out is key but a healthy diet is very much where you spend 80% of your time outside out of the gym. Carbohydrates are the kryptonite to having abs. The daily recommended balance of carbs are fine but overdoing it is a no no. Almonds, eggs, berries, salmon and leafy vegetables are great for abs. Once you get the diet right, Focus on ab workouts that break up into the upper and lower abs. Upper (crunches, reaching up to your feet with legs in the air) Lower ( leg lifts, feet to the heaven (Google it) and regular ab workouts, scissors and my favorite planks. All of these and many more ab workouts can be found through Google or Youtube with examples on how to perform the exercise.