Contrary to popular belief, toned abdominals don’t come from doing a million crunches alone. In fact, you could already have abs of steel and not even know it! They might just be buried under a layer of insulation. Regular cardio workouts are so important for getting rid of that stubborn fat that’s lying on top of your stomach muscles. Incorporate a fat-burning cardio workout, like running, biking, or power-walking or using a treadmill, stair climber, or elliptical machine three to five times a week for at least 20 minutes. Cardio exercise gives your metabolism a boost and helps protect your heart health, too — it’s excellent for your body in so many ways.
In order to blast belly fat, you’re going to need to shed pounds. Eating healthy, nutrient-packed foods and watching your portion sizes and calorie intake is crucial to reaching this goal! It’s particularly important to measure out one serving of starchy foods like rice, pasta and breads. Not only do the calories add up fast, but these foods can also bloat you, making your midsection puffy. Be sure to read food labels carefully, and get out the measuring cups so you can be sure you’re eating just one serving of starchy carbs.
Traditional crunches alone aren’t going to get you those 6-pack abs. In order to shrink your middle and build a strong core, you’ll need to incorporate exercises that target each of the different abdominal muscle groups as well as your lower back. Try adding reverse sit-ups, Lower Body Rotations, and bicycle crunches, for example. Focus on using good form and really tightening those muscles as you go through the motions.
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